The number of individuals required to register in California continues to decrease slowly, in large part due to implementation of the Tiered Registry Law. According to a report from the California Department of Justice (CA DOJ) made during today’s meeting of the California Sex Offender Management Board (CASOMB), the total number of California registrants is 107,925 which is a reduction of 615 individuals as compared to three months earlier. Of that total, CA DOJ reported that there are 19,176 individuals who are currently in violation for failure to register.
The CA DOJ also reported today that courts have granted a total of 1,183 petitions for removal from the registry. The courts have denied or dismissed 108 petitions and 1,418 petitions are pending.
“Given the large number of individuals who are eligible to petition for removal, the number of petitions filed and granted is very small,” stated ACSOL Executive Director Janice Bellucci. “For example, there are up to 40,000 individuals convicted of Penal Code Section 288(a) who may be eligible to petition for removal.”
During the CASOMB meeting, CASOMB chairwoman and Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley reported that efforts have been made to change an existing law that limits the number of years of counseling required for individuals placed on probation. Specifically, the law limits counseling for those placed on probation after being convicted of a misdemeanor offense to one year and two years for those convicted of a felony offense. O’Malley said that CASOMB efforts to create an exclusion for individuals convicted of a sex offense have thus far been unsuccessful. She added, however, that it is possible that a legislator could “gut and amend” an existing bill to accomplish this objective before the legislative session ends in September.
Also during the CASOMB meeting, it was reported that the number of individuals who are in state hospitals and convicted of a sex offense has increased to 953, an increase of 26 individuals as compared to three months ago. Of that total, 43 percent are detainees and 57 percent have been determined to be sexually violent predators. An increase in the number of registrants who have been released to the community has also increased to a current total of 19. There are an additional 13 registrants who have been approved for release but are awaiting placement in a community. CASOMB noted that there is legislation pending (Assembly Bill 1034) that could affect the placement of individuals released to the community.