Bill requiring jail for sex offenders kept alive
DENVER ” The House Judiciary Committee has rejected a proposal that would have required mandatory jail time for sex offenders, citing the $140 million price tag the first five years.
However, the measure (House Bill 1144) remained alive Thursday when the House Judiciary Committee tied 5-5 on a vote to kill it. The bill, which was rejected 6-4, will remain on the calendar until lawmakers decide what to do next.
The bill would require a mandatory sentence of at least 20 years and no more than 30 years for an offender who commits a sexual assault on a child 14 years or younger, or seven years younger than the offender.
Current law allows for indeterminate sentencing of many serious sex offenders for a maximum period of the offender’s natural life.
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