The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR), Division of Adult Parole Operations continues to be one of the nation’s leading law enforcement agencies in the application of innovative community supervision methods related to sex offenders. CDCR’s Sex Offender Management Program (SOMP) was implemented in September 2014, incorporating a collaborative approach to sex offender supervision and management. The SOMP is a comprehensive program consisting of enhanced supervision, sex offender-specific treatment, polygraph use and victim advocacy, and meets the statutory requirements outlined in California Penal Code (PC) Section 3008 (also known as Chelsea’s Law). Intended for the management of all parolees required to register with law enforcement pursuant to PC Section 290, the SOMP is an evidence based approach to sex offender management utilizing multiple risk assessments to drive tiered supervision classifications.
As a tool in its enhanced supervision, CDCR continues to operate one of the largest Global Positioning System (GPS) monitoring programs by a single law enforcement agency in the United States. Since 2008, CDCR has been monitoring all sex offender parolees in the community with GPS technology.