Connecticut considers substantial cut to state’s sex offender registry

HARTFORD – Connecticut’s sex offender registry could get a lot smaller under a new plan.

Under the plan, a Sex Offender Registry Board would decide who has to register and for how long.  Registered sex offenders could also petition to be removed or placed on a non-public list.

The Connecticut Sentencing Commission heard hours of testimony on it today.

The Center for Sexual Assault Crisis in Stamford thinks the changes make sense.  The victims group says the overhaul would narrow the sex offender registry to the people who really need to be on the list, without punishing those who don’t.

If the sentencing commission signs off on the plan, it will ask state lawmakers to approve it when they go back to Hartford in February.