In 1992, the Colorado General Assembly passed legislation (Section 16-11.7-101 through Section 16-11.7-107 C.R.S.) which created a Sex Offender Management Board to develop Standards for the assessment, evaluation, treatment and behavioral monitoring of adult sex offenders.
State statute (Section 16-11.7-107 C.R.S.) prohibits the Department of Corrections, the Judicial Department, the Division of Criminal Justice of the Department of Public Safety, or the Department of Human Services from employing or contracting with, or allowing a convicted sex offender to employ or contract with providers unless they meet these Standards.
In 1998, the Colorado General Assembly passed legislation directing the Sex Offender Management Board, in collaboration with the Department of Corrections, the Judicial Branch and the Parole Board to establish the criteria by and the manner in which a sex offender who is subject to lifetime supervision may demonstrate that he and she would not pose an undue threat to the community if released on parole or to a lower level of supervision while on parole or probation or if discharged from parole or probation and the methods of determining whether a sex offender has successfully progressed in treatment(Section 16-13-809 (1) (a) and (b) C.R.S.).
In 1998, the Colorado General Assembly passed legislation directing the Sex Offender Management Board, in collaboration with the Department of Corrections, the Judicial Branch and the Parole Board to develop Standards for community entities that provide supervision and treatment specifically designed for sex offenders who have developmental disabilities. At a minimum, the Legislature mandated that these Standards shall determine whether an entity would provide adequate support and supervision to minimize any threat that the sex offender may pose to the community (Section 16-13-809 (1) (c) C.R.S.).
In 1999, the Colorado General Assembly passed legislation (16-13-901 through 19-13-905 C.R.S.) which mandates community notification regarding certain sexually violent predators. The General Assembly directed the Sex Offender Management Board to establish protocols and procedures for carrying out community notification, which are found in the Criteria, Protocols and Procedures for Community Notification Regarding Sexually Violent Predators. The Sex Offender Management Board developed these criteria based on the governing philosophy of public safety, current research in the field, and the Guiding Principles of the Standards and Guidelines for the Assessment, Evaluation, Treatment and Behavioral Monitoring of Adult Sex Offenders.
In 2000, The Colorado General Assembly amended and passed legislation (Section 16-11.7-103, C.R.S.) which required the Sex Offender Management Board to develop and prescribe a standardized set of procedures for the evaluation and identification of juvenile sex offenders. The legislative mandate to the Board was to develop and implement methods of intervention for juvenile sex offenders, recognizing the need for Standards and guidelines specific to these youth. These Standards continue to hold public safety as a priority, specifically the physical and psychological safety of victims and potential victims.
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