RM298: Unshackling Justice: The California DOJ's Groundbreaking Tier Adjustment

RM298: Unshackling Justice: The California DOJ’s Groundbreaking Tier Adjustment

In a significant development, the California Department of Justice (CA DOJ) has agreed to lower the tier assignments for individuals convicted of attempted offenses, following a lawsuit challenging the practice of equating attempt crimes with their completed counterparts for registry purposes. This decision, now formalized by a Los Angeles Superior Court order, marks a departure from the previous policy where such individuals were assigned the same tier as if the offense had been completed, making thousands ineligible for petitioning removal from the registry. The lawsuit highlighted that attempted crimes, being inchoate in nature, generally carry less severe punishments and do not warrant the same level of public risk as completed crimes—a stance supported by the legislative omission and the precedent set by People v. Marinelli. While it remains to be seen which specific offenses will be affected and the manner of policy implementation, this adjustment is seen as a crucial correction to the CA Tiered Registry system.

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