HARTFORD, CT — With less than two weeks to the end of the legislative session, the state Sentencing Commission is asking Senate leaders to bring two potentially controversial proposals to a vote.
SB 1113 would create a new sex offender registry board, which would set the length of time a person could be on the registry based on their risk of reoffending and not just the offenses they committed.
The bill would also create two registries, one that is public, which would contain the information on high-risk offenders that the public can see and one that can only be seen by law enforcement, which would contain all offenders that the board deems necessary.
The sex offender registry bill is based on years of work by the commission and other state officials to determine effective ways of making the registry more equitable based on risk factors rather than offenses, said commission member Robert Farr, a former legislator and a previous head of the Board of Pardons and Paroles.
“It’s harder for people who are on the registry to get employment and it’s harder to get housing,” Farr said after the bill was approved by the Judiciary Committee in March. “Studies have shown that people who are homeless are five times more likely to commit a new offense.”