HARTFORD, CT — A proposal that would allow some on the sex offender registry to petition to shorten their registration period or apply for removal from the registry was unanimously approved Thursday by the Sentencing Commission.
The Sentencing Commission also approved recommending reducing misdemeanor sentencing from 365 days to 364 days. That one day would give immigration judges more discretion in deportation hearings. They decided to continue to study the issue of a constitutional amendment on pre-trial release and detention that would deny release to high-risk defendants and deny detention for lack of funds to secure a bail bond.
The commission’s recommendations will be forwarded to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and the General Assembly for the start of the 2018 legislative session.
On the sex registry proposal, it would give those on the registry an opportunity to petition to shorten their registration period or apply for removal from the public registry. In order to do so the registrant would have to show that they have reduced their risk to the community.
Under the recommendation a person could be on the registry for shorter periods than under the current system, and others would be on for longer periods.
In order to petition the registrant would have to show that they have reduced their risk to the community. Under the new system a person could be on the registry for shorter periods than under the current system, and others would be on for longer periods.
Thomas Ullman, a former public defender from New Haven, said it was a “good proposal.”
The REPORT, recommendations are on pages 5-14.
Connecticut Sentencing Commission–A Study of the Sex Offender Sentencing, Registration, and Management System – December 2017
Power Point summary of report and recommendations, Oct. 13, 2017
Connecticut for One Standard of Justice | Dec. 11, 2017
Comments submitted by Connecticut for One Standard of Justice, Inc. on proposed Reform of the Sex Offender Registry and other recommendations of the Special Committee on Sex Offenders: This has been an incredibly short sighted and missed opportunity to bring science to bear on sex offender policy that would save Connecticut money, lower recidivism rates, reduce sexual violence and more closely conform state policy to what victims both want and need. MORE:
Connecticut Sentencing Commission, Special Committee on Sex Offenders – member list, meeting minutes, background information and other materials
Connecticut Sentencing Commission, Special Committee on Sex Offenders – 2016 Interim Report
Assessment, Treatment, and Risk Management of Persons Who have Sexually Offended: A Report to the Connecticut Sentencing Commission—June 22, 2017
Connecticut Sentencing Commission, Special Committee on Sex Offenders: Public Hearing on the Registration, Management and Sentencing of Sex Offenders – Jan. 25, 2017
Information and written testimony: http://www.ct.gov/ctsc/cwp/view.asp?a=4706&q=590138