DENVER (CBS4) – Colorado lawmakers are reconsidering the fairness of how the state punishes sex offenders.
They held a hearing at the Capitol, just weeks after a judge ruled in favor of three men who claimed having to register as sex offenders violates their constitutional rights.
The ruling is under appeal.
“Who ends up on the registry or not is based on conviction. It is not based on risk,” says Laurie Rose Kepros, who is with the State Public Defender’s Office.
The Public Defender’s Office is spearheading the effort to overhaul the sex offender registry. It says research shows less than five percent of sex offenders re-offend.
Senator Daniel Kagan says the registry is more about public shaming than public safety. He’s proposed a bill to revamp it. (Source)