Number of CA Registrants Continues to Diminish, Number of Petitions Granted Continues to Grow

Source: ACSOL

The California Sex Offender Management Board (CASOMB) met today and during that meeting several positive trends were noted.  First, the number of people required to register continues to diminish and the number of petitions granted continues to grow.  Second, CASOMB continues to work toward improving the Tiered Registry Law .

According to the California Department of Justice (CA DOJ), the total number of people required to register is 104,894.  Of that total, there are 76,022 registrants in the community (not in custody). The CA DOJ also reported that 19,539 registrants are in violation of one or more registration laws and that 6,433 people required to register are homeless.

The number of petitions filed requesting termination of the requirement to register has grown to 8,646.  Of that total, 6,704 petitions have been granted, 123 petitions have been denied and 491 petitions have been dismissed.  There are 1,308 petitions pending review.  A CASOMB member stated that he is aware that some judges have denied petitions due to “political reasons.”

Also during today’s CASOMB meeting, the California Department of Corrections (CDCR) reported that there are 20,185 people in custody who have been convicted of a sex offense. The Department of Adult Parole reported that there are 6,895 registrants on parole.

CASOMB members received a written legislative report highlighting several bills that could affect people required to register.  One CASOMB member identified Senate Bill 1128 as the most problematic because it could undo the progress made in former Senate Bill 145.  That member predicted that if SB 1128 becomes law, the size of the registry would increase significantly.

Further, during today’s CASOMB meeting there was a committee report during which the containment model was discussed.  Several CASOMB members expressed their dislike of the containment model and noted that the source of that model has now rejected it.  One CASOMB member noted that the Colorado Sex Offender Management Board is currently developing a collaborative model to replace that state’s containment model.  

Finally, the Tiered Registry committee reported that their efforts to improve the Tiered Registry Law continue. These efforts include a possible recommendation that those who obtain a reduction of their felony offense to a misdemeanor pursuant to PC 17(b) be assigned to Tier 1.

 

 

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That final paragraph is wonderful! One of the best pieces of news I’ve read in some time! I hope that comes through, and quickly! It makes little sense for some outright felonies to be Tier 1 & 2, while many 17(b)’s are currently stuck in Tier 3. I hope this will also include 1203.4 as well. Neither should be considered “the most dangerous” via the registry, while at the same time having been deemed rehabbed enough to get their cases dismissed and/or reduced. If the state really cares about easing the load on the system, these things need to happen.

Last edited 1 month ago by SR

This should 100% include people with 1203.4.

They have proven that they are eager to not reoffend and to be working members of society. I hope this comes to fruition.

It is great to see many people getting off the registry. At the same time, it seems ridiculous that my fiance is in Tier 3 for an EXPUNGED Indecent Exposure charge that was non contact and had nothing to do with children. I agree 100% that those with a 1203.4 expungement have no place in Tier 3. They are deemed rehabilitated by the court when they were granted the 1203.4 but are in Tier 3, deemed the worst of the worst? That make absolutely no sense and is nauseating.

19,000 are in some type of violation. People, we know it is very difficult to abide by all the 26 plus rules and more we have to follow, but that is not how you will get a petition for removal granted.

CASOMB seems to be helping with the tier registration model, which is great They also need to spend a bit of focus on these “treatment programs” that they certify. A CASOMB certification document hangs on the walls of these for-profit agencies that teach a containment model which serves not only as punishment based but also produces hurdles for individuals trying to get on with their lives. A change to the trauma informed care model currently being encouraged by an individual connected to ACSOL needs to be a next step. The lawsuit currently in place against CDCR would help limit the time frame, but individuals on parole need an appropriate therapy model also.

There seems to be a 20 missing petitions in the boards math according to the data presented here. Hopefully, the politically denied petitions are appealed if that can be proven to be the situation with the petitioners.

I’ll be eligible to petition next month on my birthday, release date 6-23-2000 (Tier 2) 20 years +3 years felony FTR + 1 year misdemeanor FTR = 6-23-24 eligibility date.

If you go by the paroled PFR, which are by law standards considered the worst of people convicted of an offense, then only 6% of the total number of People Forced to Register in the state are considered “bad people”. So 94% of us have zero reason to be watched, accounted for or even worried about.