Colorado State Archives
Executive Orders from the Administration of Governor Bill Owens 1999-2005
Wednesday, March 29, 2000
Amy Jewett Sampson
OWENS SIGNS BILL WITH ADDITIONAL RESTRICTIONS ON PROGRAMS FOR OUT-OF-STATE-OFFENDERS
House Bill 1254 is a result of Peyton Tuthills 1999 murder by Donta Paige who was sent to Colorado from Maryland for rehabilitation
DENVER Governor Bill Owens signed legislation today that imposes strict guidelines on how out-of-state offenders are managed in Colorados private treatment and rehabilitation programs.
HB 1254, sponsored by State Representative Dorothy Gotlieb (R-Denver) and State Senator Dottie Wham (R-Denver), will require private treatment facilities to register with the state and receive approval for licensing and certification of rehabilitation and treatment programs. It also strengthens current law by making it a felony for an out-of-state offender to enter Colorado without notifying the proper authorities.
Safety issues regarding how out-of-state offenders are managed in Colorados private treatment programs came to light last year with the murder of Peyton Tuthill by Maryland resident Donta Paige. Paige was transferred to Colorado from Maryland to receive substance abuse treatment at the Stout Street Foundation. He was sentenced in Maryland to 10 years for armed robbery. A Maryland judge suspended his sentence on the condition that Paige received treatment at the Stout Street facility.
"This is an important piece of legislation," said Gov. Owens. "What happened to Peyton Tuthill should never have happened. This tragedy revealed the inadequate supervision of those private treatment programs that were handling out-of-state offenders. This bill will help to prevent tragedies like this from happening in the future."
During the 1999 Legislative Session, legislation introduced by Gotlieb and Wham became law that required states to notify Colorado officials of offenders being transferred to our states private treatment facilities. Because of House Bill 1353, a private community treatment center in Colorado must now notify appropriate authorities before an out-of-state offender can enter our state .
HB 1254, page 2
This years legislation (HB 1254) gives the 1999 legislation (HB1353) more teeth by:
The bill also requires programs for out-of-state, supervised offenders to be:
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