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CO: Colorado considers keeping some juvenile sex offenders off registry

[thedenverchannel.com – 10/12/10]

DENVER (AP) — Colorado lawmakers have advanced a proposal to place fewer convicted juveniles on the state sex offender registry and partially seal the list from the public, officials said.

The draft was endorsed Thursday by an interim committee of lawmakers tasked with considering changes to how the state justice system treats people with mental illness, The Denver Post reported .

The proposed changes are informed by research showing that harshly penalizing juvenile sex offenders often does nothing to improve public safety or rehabilitate the offenders, lawmakers said. Currently, juvenile sex offenders could be required to stay on the registry their whole lives, limiting job and housing options, among other consequences.

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  1. Bill

    “Why are we stigmatizing CHILDREN and preventing them from turning their lives around, and potentially ruining any productive and successful future they may have?” said state Sen. Robert Rodriguez, a Denver Democrat who chairs the committee. “We need to provide opportunities for change in behavior and a path to move forward.”

    Replace the word “CHILDREN” with “ALL REGISTRANTS” and then we’ll have real changes!

  2. Agamemnon

    So the registry is debilitating to juveniles, but not adults? It’s an acknowledgement that the registry is in fact punitive.

  3. E

    Their attempt to get ahead of the 10th circuit’s pending review of Judge Matsch’s Millard v. Rankin smack down? “Hey, we changed it a little bit so his opinion is no longer valid!”

    • AJ

      @E:
      “Their attempt to get ahead of the 10th circuit’s pending review of Judge Matsch’s Millard v. Rankin smack down? “Hey, we changed it a little bit so his opinion is no longer valid!””
      —–
      If so, it may fall flat. It certainly did in AL when the State changed the law while a suit was ongoing. They then presented their correction to the judge and tried to get the suit tossed. The judge was on to AL’s game and said they only changed it because of the lawsuit, and he was unconvinced they wouldn’t change it back if the suit was dropped. The case went forth and the judge ruled. (There are two cases that come to mind in AL and I’m unsure which it was, so I’ve refrained from citing it.)

      Judges see through the games the State plays.

    • TS

      CO Reps really wanted to show something here, they’d not have the schools in the loop of being able to review it. Schools have SROs (school resource officers from the local law enforcement office) or the ability to ask LE about someone should they need to. They really don’t have the need to have access to the database. You leave the schools with access to the database, someone else, such as a hospital or medical system, will want access to it so they can start limiting access to the facilities. You cannot leave that door ajar.

      The only reason why they could make it law enforcement only is so they can be federally compliant to receive money. It ends up being, as we’ve said here previously many times, a money grab from the federal government because it’s possible. The database is already set up so how many administrators do you really need?

      The United States Government has specifically designated personnel across the entire enterprise who have authority and strict access to check security clearances for personnel. This same model can be followed easily enough.

      • TS

        I’m just going to add to the end of my own posting here that I don’t believe a registry is even required in actuality or even concept because they’re highly inefficient and stupid to have.

  4. Tim in WI

    YESl
    May we please stop the indenture of human Children to the state’s electronic database machine commonly referred to as the sex offender registry. It is a form of slavery because it works anti liberty as a framework for the affirmative restraints imposed by anyone and everyone. Convincing Federal Judges has limited effect in this situation ( see Michigan) precisely because the limits imposed by rejection 06, 11,’amendments on ex post grounds impact FED USE OF THE MACHINES To CIVILLY TRACK ALL on the basis of precaution. Electronic domestic surveillance has always been a hot button among the general public, and some healthy distrust remains in this American. The two parties cannot be trusted with these powerful machines without substantive oversight on many levels. Like the fisa COURTS, the system is vulnerable to misuse. While this article discusses a discussion being had; the fact remains registrants nation wide suffer M>H= null.The current story in WI.https://www.channel3000.com/news/second-protest-held-in-support-of-three-teens-convicted-of-sexual-assault/1131624053

  5. Anonymous

    But these sex offenders are dangerous for 10, 20, 30 years of life!! The public demands the sex offender registry for sex crimes!! Ugh

    • norman

      remember..we can’t be cured (according to former Sacramento Sheriff and currently a local talk show host who also subs for a nationally syndicated radio show)

  6. Carla

    Kids with ZERO physical or sexual contact are placed on the registry here in Colorado. The case in sexting. It is wrong.

    • Will Allen

      There shouldn’t be any Registries so all of it is wrong, kids or not, contact or not.

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