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CO: With 2 Different Bills, Colorado Will Get A ‘Jessica’s Law’

DENVER (CBS4) – Colorado lawmakers from both parties are working on different versions of a bill that would lay out mandatory sentences for child sex offenders.

Similar bills have failed before. Last year’s bill, brought by Republicans, died in an end-of-session drama that left Democrats struggling to explain why they opposed a bill that went hard on sex offenders. So this year there are dueling bills — one Democratic one Republican. The intent of both bills is the same — to make sure anyone who sexually assaults a child spends a long time behind bars. Full Article

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I’ve always been struck by the fact that the advocates of these bill’s never consider the consequences to families and the community in general. I always get the feeling they are doing what they do because it’s a popular thing to do. It’s plainly obvious they haven’t had any studies done or reviewed any impact reports on the effects of these bill’s; so what else could it be? Well, I guess there will probably one more state living in terror because that is what these bill’s do to communities, they frighten people and affect property values, and the list of negative effects associated with Jessica’s law goes on ad nausium.

Why can’t I find one single report-study (empirical or op ed editorial-anything) that gives clear cut examples of the good the proponents of Jessica’s Law claim? I have never found anything where someone states this law or any other law kept them safe from anything. Anyone that cares to look will only find theoretical rationalizations and claims about the good effects of this law and all the other’s we suffer under with no evidence to back their claims up.

“Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument
of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves.” – William Pitt

Hi Q. It means an individual’s greif therapy has to be played out in the legislatures, instead of kept in the realm of the counseling session. These polititions stated as much, to make the victim’s father feel better. Punishment for punishment’s sake. I think that is another voilation of theirthe prohibition on cruel and unusual punishment, but who’s counting? Now I would feel better with something that actually worked, and is also going to benefit society as a whole. I guess these polititions claim to be therapists. Really they need therapy for getting of on other people’s pain.

Hi Tim:

Man o man, sometimes I get depressed seeing all these fear based laws being passed. This hysteria has gone way past the point of redundancy and common sense. They are bad. And the number of people these laws effect in relation to the number of “victims” these laws are named after just doesn’t add up. I’m not only talking about the registrant, but the registrant and the registrant’s entire family. This also includes all the long standing friendships destroyed and the ones that will never be because of laws that don’t work in the first place. I just posted a link to a DOJ sponsored study over in general comments that is out right biased. It’s not all bad, but biased none the less. As long as people like those at the DOJ and other agencies buy their information I fear not much will change; not in my lifetime, anyway.

As I type this I’m looking at the smiling face of Jessica Lunsford and wondering what she would think if she knew of all the destroyed lives and negatively impacted people that associate her name with their plight. These people sully her name and memory and turn the memory of her into a thing that triggers bad thoughts whenever her name is spoken. I wonder if this is how she, or any of the kid’s these laws are named after would have wanted to be remembered.

I think the only way anyone will get past all this hate and fear is to rely on information from sources that don’t have anything to gain or anything to loose based on the results of the information they report on. I’m sad for all the registrants, mothers, fathers wives and especially all of the smiling little kids that are probably just like Jessica was. These children are about to have that smile maliciously wiped off of their faces.

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