California will soon end lifetime registration for some sex offenders

California Governor Jerry Brown has signed a bill into law that will allow some people to petition to come off the state’s bloated sex offender registry.

The new law signed by the governor creates a tiered registry, with high-risk offenders on the registry for life and others able to petition to be removed after either 10 or 20 years without re-offending, depending on the offense. 

Offenses for which registrants can be removed from the list after 20 years include include rape by deception and lewd and lascivious behavior with a child under 14. 

Offenders who petition for removal after 10 or 20 years will be assessed by a judge — with input from the local district attorney — who can grant or deny the petition.  

Read more here.

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