Colorado’s Sex Offender Laws Create ‘Endless Punishment’: Critics

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Critics of Colorado’s sex-offender registration system charge it demoralizes and endlessly punishes people who genuinely want to be better, reports the Denver Post. They claim the Sex Offender Management Board (SOMB), a 25 member group which sets rules for evaluation, treatment and monitoring of sex offenders, teaches offenders to see themselves as incurable monsters’ decades after their offenses at the expense of more effective and humanizing therapies.

“Registration does not work. It does not keep us any safer,” said Emma Mclean-Riggs, an ACLU of Colorado fellow experienced in working with minors assigned to the sex-offender registry. A survivor herself, Maclean-Riggs says the system turns sexual offenders into “monstrous” predators and does little to protect the public.  “Because I’m a survivor I care about exactly one thing: what works,” she adds, noting that Colorado is not very good at helping sexual abuse victims. A recent scathing report by the state auditor also found that board members were voting on policy matters to benefit their own firms and the delays in getting people past their parole-eligibility date into treatment. Forty-seven convicted sex offenders got out of prison last year without receiving treatment, the report found.

7 thoughts on “Colorado’s Sex Offender Laws Create ‘Endless Punishment’: Critics

  1. Without the registry everyone will wonder if their children are in danger from a sex offender. Even worse, sex offenders with proven desires to have sex with children will be able to move near elementary and middle schools to search for new victims.

    • Public records of someone is generally available, however the registry shouldn’t put them out there on blast. Lastly, no matter how far a registered person lives from a child, if they are going to re-offend, they will travel any distance to do so. The majority you need be concerned about, are those who are not on the registry, that’s how people got placed on it in the first place.

    • How old are you? 25? There was a time when there was no “sex offender registry” and life carried on as usual with people committing crimes that had NO PRIOR RECORD. It happens. You apparently think people are born with a criminal record. Turn off the Law & Order SVU propaganda and live a little. And back before 1995, there was no restrictions on where someone could live no matter what their offense was. And guess what… big shocker coming your way here…. LIVING NEAR SCHOOLS DID NOT CAUSE ANYONE TO RE-OFFEND.
      Maybe go look at statistics and how these living restrictions were made up LONG AFTER the registry as a way to continue the “fear mongering” that people like YOU fall for. Maybe do a LOT of research before just running your mouth online based on nothing more than your incorrect OPINIONS.
      Amazing how you’re so concerned about sex offenders but you don’t seem to mind your kids being killed by DUI’s or typical home invasions. Where are the registries for them so you can be “oh so safe”?

  2. In the public imagination the phrase “sex offender” describes a person who intentionally assaults children they find in public.

    The reality however is that it covers many many offenses. That 19 year olds who had consensual sex with 16 year olds, people who drunkenly assaulted a parnter 1 time a decade ago, or even were caught urinating in public. While all are crimes not all of them are an actual threat to those around them.

    The previous poster may not be aware that in almost all child sexual assaults the assailant is a friend or family member known to the victim. The assailants themselves are almost never actually on a sex offender registry already so no one was warned about it. And , again contrary to popular myth, sex offenders are actually among the least likely to reoffend. As a class sex offenses are far more often one off events that are highly unlikely to be repeated once prosecuted.

    Additionally, evidence is mounting that the heavy conditions applied to registrants are so burdensome that registration may actually increase the likelihood of a second offense. Once a person has completed their sentance, has passed dozens of polygraphs, gone through hundreds of hours of therapy, and been evaluated by experts they still have to face restrictions on where they live and work, public harassment directed against them, their spouses, and their children. Not to mention the constant threat of vigilantism. Those stresses may lead some otherwise rehabilitated offenders to offend again.

    • I assure you the man using the alias Verdine Bryant (my deceased mother’s name) doesn’t care about the facts. This person has followed me around the internet for years now to try to rabblerouse, nothing more. I don’t think he’s interested in a single fact.

  3. Verdine, If we take your idea of limiting where people live, then everyone with a DUI should not be allowed move in near a liquor store lets they be “tempted” as you write. Further they should not allowed move in near a school, or a park, or a bus stop where children congregate lest they drive drunk again and kill our children right? And what about bank robbers. Maybe they should not be allowed to move in near banks, or perhaps any store that has cash available lest they be “tempted”. And I could go on and on with examples. I hear your concern about children and share it. So let’s make laws that work! These unnecessary stresses can cause recidivism, the exact opposite of what we all want! Why would we want to push over the edge those that among persons charged with a crime tend to be the lowest percentage to reoffend? The United States Department of Justice Report among other respected studies shows that. Contrary to popular incorrect public opinion that sex offenders can not control themselves! [This comment has been condensed for space]

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