During today’s (11/18/21) meeting of the California Sex Offender Management Board (CASOMB), the California Department of Justice (DOJ) reported that the total number of people required to register is 108,539 which reflects an increase of 377 individuals. DOJ also reported that the number of registrants in violation for failure to register is 19,146, an increase of 330 individuals. Finally, DOJ reported that the number of homeless registrants is 6,761 which reflects a decrease of 251 individuals. Also during today’s CASOMB meeting, the California Department of Corrections reported that 7,171 registrants are on parole and required to wear a GPS device. This reflects an increase of 119 individuals.
Today’s meeting included the presentation of a video developed by CASOMB members and staff regarding the Tiered Registry Law. One CASOMB member, who represents the Department of State Hospitals, criticized the requirement for lifetime registration as “abysmal” and inconsistent with government and academic research. Another board member suggested that CASOMB should take a stand in the future regarding registration requirements. Additional criticism regarding the tiered registry and the video was voiced by other board members. One of those board members said a statement in the video that suggests everyone assigned to Tier 3 is dangerous should be removed. A different board member suggested that CASOMB should push for improvements to the Tiered Registry Law. After comments regarding the video, CASOMB stated the video would be edited to reflect the criticisms communicated today.