The State of California has stopped the registration of juvenile offenders, according to the CA Sex Offender Management Board. This change applies to individuals tried as a juvenile, not as an adult, who were convicted of a sex offense or sentenced for a sex offense on or after July 1, 2021. The change does not apply to individuals convicted or sentenced of a sex offense prior to July 1, 2021, however those individuals may petition for removal from the registry after 5 years or 10 years depending upon the convictions offense. There is no requirement for juvenile registrants to remain on the registry for their lifetime.
The California legislature stopped the future registration of juvenile offenders when it passed Senate Bill 823 in August 2020. The bill did not become effective, however, until July 1, 2021. The bill also created an Office of Youth and Community Restoration whose duties include oversight of a statewide effort to allow juvenile offenders to be housed in the same communities as their families.
The first director of the Office of Youth and Community Restoration is Katherine Lucero, a former juvenile court judge, who started to work as director in January 2022. In the office’s first newsletter published earlier this month, Ms. Lucero stated, “having youth close to home will allow for meaningful family and community engagement in their rehabilitative journey.”
According to a CASOMB member, “we consider this good for California.” Senate Bill 823 was signed into law by Governor Newsom on September 30, 2020.