Colorado is overtreating many low-risk sex offenders in the mistaken belief that they cannot be cured, an independent consultant found. As a result, reports the Denver Post, the state’s Sex Offender Management Board is wasting significant amounts of public money on supervision in the community, says to a report from Central Coast Clinical and Forensic Psychology Services.
The report concluded that Colorado’s system for classifying some offenders as sexually violent predators is hopelessly flawed and in urgent need of replacement. That means Colorado could be classifying the wrong people as sexually violent predators. The findings were met with approval from advocates of reform for sex-offender treatment but with skepticism from a victims’ group. The report’s recommendations, if adopted, could dramatically change the supervision of sex offenders, many of whom are now monitored for life. There were 1,412 sex offenders under intensive supervision on probation in the state as of June 30, and 767 of those were under lifetime supervision, says the Colorado Department of Corrections.