Members of both ACSOL and Family Safety Foundation (FSF) boards of directors conducted their annual face-to-face meeting yesterday to discuss challenges facing registrants and their families. During that meeting, the boards identified two top priorities for the year 2023: improvements to the Tiered Registry Law and suing the CA Department of Justice for its expected failure to assign tiers to all registrants.
ACSOL will lead the challenge of improving the Tiered Registry because it will require lobbying the state legislature in Sacramento. Proposed improvements include reduced tier reductions for those convicted of non-production CP offenses as well as for those convicted of PC 288(c), PC 288.2 and all attempted offenses. Proposed improvements also include the creation of an off-ramp for those assigned to Tier 3 so that they will become eligible to petition for removal after 30 years provided that they have not been convicted of a subsequent sex offense.
The FSF will lead the effort to challenge the CA Department of Justice regarding its expected failure to assign tiers to all registrants. The state agency has a deadline of December 31, 2022, to assign tiers to all registrants and at least 10 percent, or about 10,000, registrants have not yet received tier assignments. Registrants who lack a tier assignment cannot petition for removal from the registry even though they are otherwise eligible.
“The California Department of Justice has had more than five years to assign tiers to all registrants. In addition, it is reported that the agency was provided with an additional 60 employees for this purpose,” stated ACSOL Executive Director Janice Bellucci. “The agency’s expected failure to assign all registrants to a tier is unconscionable because it will harm registrants as well as their families.”
In addition to the two top priorities, ACSOL and the FSF will devote resources to other issues important to registrants and their families as they surface. In order to achieve its objectives both ACSOL and the FSF will conduct fundraising efforts in the near future.