Attention: Federal Court Enjoins Collection of E-mail and Social Networking Information on Registration Forms
On January 11, 2013, a federal court enjoined the Attorney General and law enforcement agencies from collecting information pertaining to e-mail addresses, internet service providers, and social networking/screen names on sex offender registration forms. This injunction is in effect until the lawsuit challenging these provisions of Proposition 35, the Californians Against Sexual Exploitation (CASE) Act, is decided or until further notice. (John Doe v. Kamala Harris, Northern District of California No. C12-5713 TEH). Registering law enforcement agencies should black out these fields on the 2012 forms, and should not collect this information until further notice.
Attention: Risk Assessment scores to be posted on California Megan’s Law Website
Beginning January 1, 2013, the Department of Justice is required by law to post static risk assessment scores for sex offender registrants who are eligible to be scored (Penal Code § 290.03-290.09). Static risk assessment scores are based on static (unchanging) risk factors which predict the potential for sexual re-offending. For information relating to risk assessments, eligibility, and scoring, please visit the State Authorized Risk Assessment Tool for Sex Offenders (SARATSO) Website at www.saratso.org.
Attention: Removal of Record from Megan's Law Website
There is no service through a private company that can remove registrants from this site. To be removed from this site, a registrant can apply for exclusion with the DOJ and if they meet the requirements of California Penal Code § 290.46 (e), the DOJ will exclude them from this site. However, a person who has filed for or been granted an exclusion from the Internet Website is not relieved of his or her duty to register as a sex offender pursuant to Section 290 nor from any otherwise applicable provision of law. If a registrant’s requirement to register has been terminated per court order, the registrant can contact the CA DOJ for a registration record review. For more information on how to request a record review, visit the Attorney General’s Internet website at: http://oag.ca.gov/fingerprints/security.