Number of Granted Petitions Increases, Number of Registrants Decreases

Source: ACSOL

The California Sex Offender Management Board (CASOM) met today in Sacramento.  During that meeting, several agencies provided reports on a variety of topics including petitions for removal from the registry as well as the total number of individuals required to register.  

One of the agencies that made a report today was the CA Department of Justice (DOJ).  According to that agency, the number of petitions granted for removal from the registry has climbed to 6,318.  Only 116 petitions have been denied and 451 petitions have been dismissed.  In addition, there are 1,531 petitions that have been filed but are still waiting for a court’s decision.

The CA DOJ also reported that there are 105,606 individuals required to register in California.  Of that total, there are 76,620 who are no longer in custody (jail or prison).  Of that total, there are 19,801 individuals who are in violation of registration laws and 6,614 individuals who have no fixed address.

According to the CA Department of Corrections, there are 20,156 people in prison who are required to register.  The Department of Adult Parole Operations reported that there are 6,847 registrants on parole and of that total, there are 3,581 registrants who are considered high risk.

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Any word on reduction for Tier 3?

Interesting set of data points here. What are the reasons for dismissed petitions? Why the petition denials? What is the average wait time for a petition to process from initial filing to decision? These are questions the CA Authorities should be tracking and should be demanded to track.

Where does one get the forms?

What are the denials based on substantive, not procedural, reasons about?

The only published cases I’ve seen upholding a denial involved procedural or jurisdictional flaws with the petition. Maybe I’ve missed a case, though.

If legislators back in 2017 knew that by 2024 the total number of registrants would only decline by 6%, they would have enlarged the off-ramp. Some of the things they could do is automatically file petitions for everyone who is eligible. Tier 3 should either be eliminated or reserved for just a handful of people. We should look at the data and find out why so many people are still registered.

I just applied, as the police registration officer( San Bernardino) gave me the phone # to the public defenders office to get off. I was expecting to pay $5,000 for a laqyer, officer told me no it’s free.

Called the public defender, sent the info the officer gave me and the process has begun. Month 1 down 5 more to go. They advised it may up 6 months. Said a lot of times you don’t have to show up to court.