The California Sex Offender Management Board (CASOMB) today approved two tier reductions that would benefit thousands of individuals convicted of either felony possession of child pornography or lewd or lascivious acts with a person 14 or 15 years old. CASOMB is expected to share the news of its approvals with the state legislature later this calendar year. The changes will not become law, however, until the legislature passes a bill that includes CASOMB’s approvals.
Specifically, CASOMB today approved the reduction from Tier 3, the highest tier, to Tier 1, the lowest tier, for individuals convicted of felony possession and/or distribution of child pornography. The board’s approval is based in large part upon the fact that the federal government assigns to Tier 1 individuals convicted of those offenses. CASOMB also approved the reduction from Tier 3 to Tier 2 for those convicted of PC 288(c)(1).
During today’s meeting, CASOMB did not approve the creation of opportunities to petition for individuals assigned to Tier 3. Instead, the board delayed a vote on this proposed change until a committee provides the board with additional information. CASOMB suggested, however, that it would approve this change if exceptions were created for individuals such as those designated as sexually violent predators.
“Today CASOMB took two significant steps toward improving the Tiered Registry Law,” stated ACSOL Executive Director Janice Bellucci. “We look forward to their approval of creating opportunities for individuals assigned to Tier 3 to petition for removal from the registry.”
CASOMB’s consideration of changes to the Tiered Registry Law began in January 2023 when ACSOL made a presentation to that board asking for a total of seven changes to the Tiered Registry Law. So far, CASOMB has agreed to consider three of those changes and has indicated the board may be willing to consider additional changes in the future.
Also during today’s CASOMB meeting, the board received reports from the California Department of Justice (CA DOJ) and the Department of Adult Parole Operations (DAPO). According to CA DOJ, the total number of registrants is 105,793 of whom 77,226 are living outside of jail and prison. Of that total, there are 19,552 registrants in violation and 6,600 registrants who are homeless. CA DOJ also reported that 7,005 petitions for removal from the registry have been filed so far. Of that total, there are 5,050 petitions that have been granted, 99 petitions that have been denied, 342 petitions that have been dismissed and 1,514 petitions that are pending consideration by a court.
DAPO reported that there are 6,730 registrants on parole. Of that total, there are 3,552 registrants who are considered high risk.