A task force assembled to look over the files of hundreds of imprisoned sexual offenders is suggesting a change in state law -- to automatically notify communities when such offenders move in.
The panel also recommended clarifying the law so that the judicial branch assesses which inmates should be considered sexually violent predators. It's unclear now whether that branch, corrections officials or the probation department is responsible.
Governor Owens convened the task force in June, after the Department of Corrections acknowledged it had failed to warn communities whether previously released offenders posed a threat to the public.
Task force members also say the state should notify communities when ex-convicts from other areas move to Colorado.
More recommendations are expected before a November First deadline.
A 1999 state law requires corrections officials to evaluate potential sexual predators in prison -- before they're released.
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