The Tiered Registry Committee of the California Sex Offender Management Board (CASOMB) met today in order to continue its discussions of proposed changes to the Tiered Registry Law. During that meeting, the committee decided to delay consideration regarding the creation of an off-ramp for those assigned to Tier 3 for an indefinite period of time. The committee’s decision is expected to be approved by CASOMB during its next meeting on Nov. 16.
In prior meetings, both the committee and CASOMB initially discussed the creation of an off-ramp that would allow those assigned to Tier 3 to petition for removal from the registry after registering for 30 years provided that they had not re-offended. In last month’s meeting, CASOMB asked the committee to identify possible exclusions to the off-ramp such as individuals designated as a sexually violent predator.
According to remarks made during today’s committee meeting, additional research is required in order to identify all proposed exclusions from the Tier 3 off-ramp. It is the committee’s position that the research cannot be accomplished before CASOMB presents its recommendations to the legislature later this year.
CASOMB has already voted in support of three significant changes to the Tiered Registry Law. First, the tier assignment for all individuals convicted of an offense involving non-production of child pornography should be reduced from Tier 3 to Tier 1. Second, the tier assignment for all individuals convicted of PC 288(c) should be reduced from Tier 3 to Tier 2. Third, the tier assignment for all individuals convicted of PC 288.2, 288.3 and 288.4 should be reduced from Tier 3 to a lower tier.
CASOMB is expected to send its recommendations regarding the proposed changes to the state legislature later this year. The legislature created CASOMB for the purpose of making recommendations regarding issues related to registrants. The legislature, however, is not required to accept CASOMB’s recommendations.
Because the year 2024 is a Presidential election year, it is unlikely that the legislature will pass a law adopting CASOMB’s recommendations in that year. It is, however, more likely that the legislature will adopt CASOMB’s recommendations in the year 2025 and if it does so, the changes are likely to take effect in the year 2026.