In Colorado prisons, the number of men and women serving life sentences for sex offenses today is 41 times greater than that of just 14 years ago.
On the roster of lifers, sex offenders now outnumber everyone else — killers, kidnappers, armed robbers, arsonists, habitual offenders, adults who fatally abuse children. Sixty-three percent of all Colorado prisoners sentenced to life are sex offenders, a figure that is more than four times the national average.
This wasn’t supposed to happen. The sponsor of a 1998 law providing lifetime supervision of sex offenders assured her colleagues that its passage would not change prison time. Those assurances proved untrue. Sex offenders sentenced to new indeterminate sentences — two years to life, for example — discovered their sentences looked more like life than two years. Full Article