The California Sex Offender Management Board (CASOMB) today formally approved several recommended changes to the Tiered Registry Law. The changes include (1) reduction from Tier 3 to Tier 1 for those convicted of felony possession of child pornography and (2) reduction from Tier 3 to Tier 2 for those convicted of lewd or lascivious acts with a 14 or 15 year old. In addition, CASOMB approved reduction from Tier 3 to Tier 2 for those convicted of three offenses involving communications with a minor – PC 288.2, PC 288.3 and PC 288.4.
“Today’s vote by the board does not automatically change the Tiered Registry Law,” stated ACSOL Executive Director Janice Bellucci. “It does, however, start a process that could end in the legislature changing that law.”
According to CASOMB, recommended changes to the Tiered Registry Law will be included in its annual report which will be finalized during its next meeting to be held in person in Pasadena on January 18, 2024. CASOMB will not meet in December 2023. Copies of CASOMB’s annual report will be sent to all members of the state legislature.
CASOMB did not vote today on the creation of an off-ramp for those assigned to Tier 3, however, several CASOMB members stated their strong support for addressing this change in the future. According to one CASOMB member, creation of an off-ramp for those assigned to Tier 3 is “far more complex” than changing tier assignments. For example, he noted that there are individuals currently assigned to Tier 3 who have been designated as sexually violent predators, convicted of forcible rape and other violent offenses.
Also during today’s meeting, it was reported that a total of 7,401 petitions for removal from the registry have been filed. Of that total 5,401 petitions have been granted, 105 petitions have been denied and 384 petitions have been dismissed. In addition, there are 1,481 petitions that are pending a court decision.
Further, the California Department of Justice (CA DOJ) today reported that there was a slight decrease in the number of individuals required to register (from 105,755 to 105,738). However, the agency reported that there were slight increases in the number of individuals who have failed to register (from 19,563 to 19,599) as well as the number of homeless registrants (from 6,643 to 6,647).