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Executive Orders from the Administration of Governor Bill Owens 1999-2005
Friday, August 26, 2005
GOVERNOR'S TASK FORCE ON SEXUALLY VIOLENT
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PREDATORS ISSUES FIRST RECOMMENDATIONS
Legislation being prepared for next session of General Assembly
(DENVER) - Gov. Bill Owens and Attorney General John Suthers today announced the
first recommendations from the Governor's Task Force on Sexually Violent Predators.
Owens initiated the Task Force through Executive Order in June and asked Suthers to
serve as Chair.
"I have long believed that government's first priority must be the protection of its
citizens," Owens said. "The recommendations made by this Task Force are important
steps toward meeting this priority and we will be pursuing the necessary changes in
statute when the Legislature convenes in January."
The Task Force was charged with examining the processes used to evaluate sexually
violent predators, as well as the methods used to notify the community.
"As chair of this Task Force, I am pleased with the scrutiny these recommendations were
given," said Attorney General Suthers. "Although there still is work to be done, these
recommendations go a long way to ensuring sexually violent predators are properly
identified and communities are notified of the presence of such predators."
The Task Force accepted the following recommendations made by its Legislative
Rep. Josh Penry (R-Grand Junction) and Sen. Ken Kester (R-Las Animas) have agreed to
sponsor legislation making the necessary changes in statute at the next session of the
- All sexually violent predators should automatically be subject to community
notification. Under current law, community notification regarding sexually
violent predators is not automatic or even assured. It depends on a separate
- The Probation Department - within the Judicial Branch - will have the primary
responsibility to carry out the sexually violent predator risk assessment. Current
law is unclear as to whether the Probation Department or the Department of
Corrections is responsible for this assessment.
- Arrest will no longer be discretionary for a sexually violent predator who fails to
comply with the quarterly registration requirements. Arrest will be mandatory.
In addition, in order to post bail, registration will be an absolute requirement.
- Colorado's definition of a sexually violent predator should be changed to include
those who are convicted of such crimes in other states or jurisdictions. As the
law reads today, there is no requirement for community notification when a
sexually violent predator moves into Colorado from another state and is no
longer under supervision.
Owens and Suthers stressed that the work of the Task Force will continue and there may
be additional recommendations to follow. In addition to the Legislative Subcommittee,
the task force also created a Criminal Justice Subcommittee. The deadline for final
recommendations from the subcommittees is November 1.
The members of the Governor's Task Force on Sexually Violent Predators are:
- John Suthers - Attorney General
- Joe Ortiz - Executive Director, Colorado Department of Corrections
- Joe Morales - Executive Director, Colorado Department of Public Safety
- Bob Grant - Executive Director, Colorado District Attorney's Council
- David Kaplan - State Public Defender
- Al Stanley - Chairman, Parole Board
- Jon Anderson - Chief Legal Counsel, Governor's Office
- Mary Woodard - Senior Policy Advisor, Governor's Office
- Terry Livermore - Public Policy Director, Colorado Organization for Victims Assistance
- Joe Stommel - Treatment Provider, Colorado Department of Corrections
- Jill McFadden - Director, Sex Offender Management Board
- Paul Schultz - Lafayette Chief of Police
- Tom Quinn - Director, Division of Probation Services
- Chris Rowe - Adult Programs Coordinator; Division of Probation Services
- Gerald Marroney - State Court Administrator
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