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CASOMB Sept 2021 Reports Changes in Registrant Community, Discusses Additional Counseling Requirement

Source: ACSOL

The California Sex Sex Offender Management Board (CASOMB), during its monthly meeting today, reported several changes in the registrant community.  Among those changes is a slight increase in the total number of registrants, from 108,106 in February 2021 to 108,162 in August 2021.  Of that total, there was also a slight increase in the number of registrants not in custody.  That number was 83,201 in August 2021 as compared to 82,526 in February 2021.  The number of homeless registrants decreased from 6,994 in February 2021 to 6,976 in August 2021.  There were 18,816 registrants in violation for failure to update their registration in August 2021 as compared to 18,565 in February 2021.

“It is important to note that although the total number of registrants increased slightly, the number of registrants who are homeless registrants decreased,” stated ACSOL Executive Director Janice Bellucci.  “It is also important to note that the number of registrants who have failed to register has increased.”

Also during today’s CASOMB meeting, it was reported that there were 7,052 registrants required to wear a GPS device in August 2021.  This compares to 7,263 registrants required to wear a GPS device in February 2021.  All registrants while on parole are required to wear a GPS device for 24 hours a day and to recharge the devices twice each day.

Absent from today’s meeting was any discussion of the Tiered Registry Law, including the petition process which began on July 1, 2021.

“CASOMB is doing a disservice to the public by failing to address implementation of the Tiered Registry Law,” stated Bellucci.  “This is particularly true since CASOMB supported passage of that law.”

Further, during today’s meeting CASOMB board members discussed Assembly Bill 1950 which became law in September 2020.  The new law, which is retroactive, reduces probation terms for most, but not all, people convicted of a felony from 5 years to 2 years and for people convicted of a misdemeanor from 3 years to 1 year.  Although individuals convicted of a sex offense are not categorically excluded from these reductions, excluded individuals include those convicted of a violent felony as well as those convicted of  “annoy or molest” a child.

The CASOMB board members today discussed the possibility of new legislation that would require registrants on probation, including those convicted of PC 314 (indecent exposure), to continue probation beyond these time limits in order to require them to participate in additional counseling.  The board did not formally adopt this position, but instead referred it to an existing CASOMB working group.

Before its passage, AB 1950 was supported by the state’s public defenders and opposed by the state’s district attorneys.

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