Introduction by Marc Klaas
Washington State’s 1990 Community Protection Act included America’s first law authorizing public notification when dangerous sex offenders are released into the community. However, it was the brutal 1994 rape and murder of seven-year-old Megan Kanka that prompted the public demand for broad based community notification. On May 17, 1996, President Clinton signed Megan’s Law. Megan’s Law requires the following two components:
Sex Offender Registration – The 1994 Jacob Wetterling Act requires the States to register individuals convicted of sex crimes against children. Sex offender registration laws are necessary because:
* Sex offenders pose a high risk of re-offending after release from custody;
* Protecting the public from sex offenders is a primary governmental interest;
* The privacy interests of persons convicted of sex offenses are less important than the government’s interest in public safety;
* Release of certain information about sex offenders to public agencies and the general public will assist in protecting the public safety.
Community Notification – Megan’s Law allows the States discretion to establish criteria for disclosure, but compels them to make private and personal information on registered sex offenders available to the public. Community notification:
* Assists law enforcement in investigations;
* Establishes legal grounds to hold known offenders;
* Deters sex offenders from committing new offenses;
* Offers citizens information they can use to protect children from victimization.
Our interactive Megan’s Law map provides Internet access to better serve America’s evolving, fast paced, transient society. Young parents considering day care providers or businesses and organizations whose employees or volunteers have unsupervised access to children require this critical information so that they can make informed choices based on the best information available.
In order to remain current and maintain relevance we ask the public to provide updated information that we may have overlooked, including new, broken or invalid web links so that the KlaasKids Foundation can continue to be the Internet’s premiere Megan’s Law destination.
On July 27, 2006 President Bush signed the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act. One important component requires the U.S. Justice Department to create a public accessible Internet based national sex offender database that allows users to specify a search radius across state lines. The result is the Dru Sjodin National Sex Offender Public Website.
Link to the FBI registry website- http://www.fbi.gov/scams-safety/registry
Contact Person: Judy Kinyon (303) 239-4222
Offenders Required to Register: Adult and juvenile sex offenders convicted in the state of Colorado on or after July 1, 1991 for sex offenses against children, on or after July 1, 1994 for all sex offenses.
Information Collected: Fingerprints, (fingerprint cards are produced in the state of Colorado), photo, other identifying information including place of employment, registered vehicles, and employment or attendance at institutions of post-secondary education.
Administrating Agency: State Department of Investigation, local law enforcement.
Timeframe for Registration: Within 7 days of becoming a temporary or permanent resident; 7 days of changing address.
Applies to Out of State Offenders: Yes
Duration of Requirement: Sexually violent predators must re-register quarterly for life. Class 1 ,2, or 3 felony 20 years from the date of final release from court jurisdiction. Class 4 ,5, or 6 felony 10 years from the date of final release from court jurisdiction.
Verification of Address: No Penalties for Non-Compliance: If the offender is convicted of a felony sex offense, felony failure to register charges are filed, if sex offense for which offender is required to register was a misdemeanor, misdemeanor charge are filed for failure to register.
Access to Information: The public has access to information on registered sexual offenders in their local jurisdiction through their local law enforcement agency. Lists of offenders in other jurisdictions may be available through the Colorado Bureau of Investigation. In Colorado, the SOR information is considered a public record.
Confidentiality Provision: No (except nonfeasance, etc.) Number Registered: 9.367 as of 5/30/07
Percent Compliance: Not known* Internet Access: http://sor.state.co.us/ (Violent sexual predators, multiple offenders, and Individuals who have failed to register only. )