In Denver, Tracking Homeless Sex Offenders Takes Time, Money


The Denver Post reports on the challenges for law enforcement agencies that try to keep track of homeless sex offenders. There are about 85 homeless sex offenders registered in Denver. Police there make a concerted effort to keep tabs on them, but some Colorado police agencies don’t. “It’s a nationwide problem,” a Denver investigator said. “Everyone has them, and nobody knows what to do with them.”

The problem is Denver and other jurisdictions that accept transient offenders are absorbing the responsibility of doing compliance checks on offenders who probably spend most of their time in a city that won’t take them. “It is unfair to the taxpayers,” said Denver police Capt. Mark Chuck. “We’re getting more than our share in Denver. It is also unfair to citizens of other cities because a person gets out of prison and they are living next door to you, but they say they are staying in Denver.”

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