Magazine article Corrections Forum

State Races to Verify Sex Offenders

Magazine article Corrections Forum

State Races to Verify Sex Offenders

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Rocky Mountain News

In Colorado, law enforcement officials are working hard to find out how many of the roughly 8,500 sex offenders in Colorado have registered with authorities as required by a law that went into effect on July 1. Under the terms of the law, it is a felony for sex offenders not to register with the local sheriff's department or police after they have been released from jail. Sheriff's departments and police departments across the state were asked to verify their lists of registered sex offenders, but so far, only 78 of the 340 departments in Colorado have done so.

State auditors recently concluded that the state's system of keeping track of convicted sex offenders was in a shambles, and a state study says that people in Colorado cannot be certain that the registers they are examining are accurate. …

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