Rell asks legislature for more detailed information in sex offender registry website

2009 March 17
by Attorney Mark Dumas

Yesterday, we found out that Connecticut stumbled into a 37th place finish in the Sunshine Week survey about online access to public records.  But there is hope for the Nutmeg State when it comes to one disturbing category of records: sex offender registry information.

Governor Rell is asking the legislator to update the registry law so that parents can not just learn about what sex offenders are in their neighborhood, but also the severity of offenders’ sex crimes.  Here’s a report from the New Haven Register:

State residents would be able to gauge the potential danger from convicted sex offenders if the Sex Offender Registry listed the severity of the crimes, the governor and public safety commissioner testified Monday.

The state now lists 5,046 sex offenders on its Web site, but there is no further breakdown on the crimes they committed, officials said.

Gov. M. Jodi Rell and Public Safety Commissioner John Danaher III testified before the Judiciary Committee on behalf of a bill to make several changes in the registry, including one that would classify sex offenders into three tiers.

This bill should sail through the legislature, but stay tuned for updates.

The Connecticut Sex Offender Registry website is published by the Department of Public Safety and also provides information about sex offenders who were convicted in other states, but live in Connecticut.

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