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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… Read more »

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… Read more »

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