The Dobbs Wire: Changes proposed to Connecticut registry gather momentum

Connecticut:  The Connecticut Sentencing Commission is pushing for changes to the state’s sex offense registration law.  Two years in the making, the commission’s report including recommendations was just sent over to the legislature.  One major proposal concerns the method used to determine an individual’s registration category or “tier”. Currently the process is based on a person’s offense; the report calls for shifting to a system based on individual risk assessments and creating a “sex offender registration board”.  The recommendations include various prospective and retrospective changes. Connecticut currently has about 5,400 individuals on its registry; according to one news article the proposed changes, if enacted, might help as many as 500 get their liberty restored. Stay tuned — lawmakers and the governor have the final say.  Here’s a news story about the recommendations, the sentencing commission’s final report along with a summary, critical comment from an advocacy group for registrants, and other materials, have a look!  –Bill Dobbs, The Dobbs Wire



CT News Junkie | Dec. 15, 2017

Sentencing Commission Forwards Two Recommendations, Hit Pause On More Bail Changes


By Jack Kramer

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VIDEO:  Connecticut Sentencing Commission Meeting, Dec. 14, 2017


Excerpts:  A proposal that would allow some on the sex offender registry to petition to shorten their registration period or apply for removal from the registry was unanimously approved Thursday by the Sentencing Commission.  Under the recommendation a person could be on the registry for shorter periods than under the current system, and others would be on for longer periods.  The commission’s recommendations will be forwarded to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and the General Assembly for the start of the 2018 legislative session.  MORE:



The REPORT, recommendations are on pages 5-14. 

Connecticut Sentencing Commission–A Study of the Sex Offender Sentencing, Registration, and Management System – December 2017

Power Point summary of report and recommendations, Oct. 13, 2017



Connecticut for One Standard of Justice | Dec. 11, 2017

Comments submitted by Connecticut for One Standard of Justice, Inc. on proposed Reform of the Sex Offender Registry and other recommendations of the Special Committee on Sex Offenders:  This has been an incredibly short sighted and missed opportunity to bring science to bear on sex offender policy that would save Connecticut money, lower recidivism rates, reduce sexual violence and more closely conform state policy to what victims both want and need.  MORE:




Other materials:


Connecticut Sentencing Commission, Special Committee on Sex Offenders – member list, meeting minutes, background information and other materials


Connecticut Sentencing Commission, Special Committee on Sex Offenders  – 2016 Interim Report


Assessment, Treatment, and Risk Management of Persons Who have Sexually Offended: A Report to the Connecticut Sentencing Commission—June 22, 2017


Connecticut Sentencing Commission, Special Committee on Sex Offenders:  Public Hearing on the Registration, Management and Sentencing of Sex Offenders – Jan. 25, 2017

Information and written testimony:




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