The California Sex Offender Management Board (CASOMB) today approved tier reductions for those convicted of three offenses — Penal Code Sections 288.2, 288.3 and 288.4 — who are currently assigned to Tier 3 which requires lifetime registration. All three offenses involve either the sharing of harmful material with a minor of arranging a meeting with a minor.
“This is a remarkable and positive recommendation for CASOMB to make,” stated ACSOL Executive Director Janice Bellucci. “The board based its decision upon the reason for one of their previous decisions, that is, to reduce the tier assignment for those convicted of the possession and distribution of child pornography.”
CASOMB did not vote today on the issue of creating an off-ramp for those assigned to Tier 3. Instead, members of the board’s tiered registry committee reported that extra time is required because that issue is “far more complicated” than originally thought. The tiered registry committee will consider this issue during its virtual meeting on November 8 to which the public is invited to attend but must sign up online at https://casomb.org.
Also during today’s CASOMB meeting, it was reported that the total number of registrants is 105,755 a decrease of 38 persons in the past month. Of that total, there are 19,563 registrants in violation and 6,647 registrants who are transients.
Further, it was reported during today’s CASOMB meeting today that a total of 7,205 petitions have been filed requesting removal from the registry. That is an increase of about 200 petitions in the past month. Of that total, there are 5,202 petitions that have been granted, about 100 petitions that have been denied and about 350 petitions that have been dismissed for administrative reasons. There are about 1,500 petitions pending a court decision.
The next CASOMB meeting is scheduled to take place on Thursday, November 16 starting at 9:30 a.m. That meeting will be virtual and the public can attend by signing up at https://casomb.org.