Sex offender task force created |

Sex offender task force created

In an effort to identify sexually violent predators more efficiently, the Colorado attorney general established a subcommittee to the governor’s task force on sexually violent criminals last week.

Attorney General John Suthers tasked the criminal justice subcommittee with identifying problems with the state’s current violent sex offender identification system and examining how criminal justice agencies share sex offender information.

Gov. Bill Owens established the task force in June to examine the way the state identifies sexually violent predators. The task force will also look at how the state notifies citizens about the sex offenders living in their area.

The state’s sex offender registry Web site lists just three sexually violent predators living in Colorado.

The site also lists two men who are incarcerated and one who recently moved from Colorado to New Mexico.

“Our top priority is to ensure public safety,” Suthers said in a news release last week. “After (the task force’s) initial meeting, it was clear that the current system could do a better job at protecting Coloradans from sexually violent predators.”

Suthers went on to say the criminal justice subcommittee will pursue remedies to the system’s problems.

The task force will present its findings and recommendations to the governor by Nov. 1.

The subcommittee includes representatives from the state’s law enforcement agencies and a representative from the governor’s office.

Douglas County Sheriff Michael Arcee and Deputy Attorney General for Criminal Justice Jeanne Smith will chair the subcommittee.

“This subcommittee of well-trained experts will begin taking a tough look at how our criminal justice system is meeting the expectations of our citizens,” Suthers said.

The subcommittee’s first meeting is scheduled for today.

Brandon Johansson can be reached at824-7031 or

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