Reply To: Judicial courage in the face of Colorado’s Lifetime Act

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tim

I would agree it took courage, especially in the political sexual reality this nation exists in. What concerns me is that even if and when your son completes all of the probation and supervised release, he would still have to register.

What purpose is served if he successfully completes all of this intensive and unimaginable scrutiny. He could still be classified a level 3 threat either in Colorado or another state he chooses to move to.

Why is a registry permitted to classify persons as level 3 even when a state mental hygiene evaluation by true mental health professionals says that person is not a substantive threat. What does a judge and a form know that mental health professionals don’t.

In some states prior to a person convicted of a sex offense is released they are subjected to a psychiatric exam to determine whether or not they are a substantive threat. If they pass this they get released but are then subject to a tier 1,2,or 3 classification. Tier 2 and 3 means they are substantive threats to reoffend. Even when the psychiatrists who permitted their release do not think they are.

If a person fails the psychiatric exam, they are then sent to a court where two determinations can be made. 1) they can be civilly committed, or 2) they can be subjected to intensive supervised release.

The point is that despite any success of being initially released or receiving further supervision you can still be given a high threat level. Meaning the former was a waste of time.

Good luck to your son, but either way he is in for an arduous journey that will never end until his time is up on this planet.