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HB20-1079:Juveniles On Colorado Sex Offender Registry:

Criminal Legal Reform | Student and Youth Rights
Bill Number: HB20-1079
Year: 2020
ACLU Position: Support
Sponsors: J. Singer / A. Benavidez / Rodriguez


The Legislative Oversight Committee Concerning the
Treatment of Persons with Mental Health Disorders in the Criminal
and Juvenile Justice Systems. The bill implements various
recommendations of the legislative oversight committee concerning the
treatment of persons with mental health disorders in the criminal and
juvenile justice systems regarding juveniles who have committed sex
offenses, including:
• Specifying that if a juvenile who is moving to Colorado
would be otherwise required to register on Colorado’s sex
offender registry (registry) but the juvenile’s duty to register
in another state has been terminated by a court order, then
the juvenile is not required to register or petition the court
for removal from the registry;
• Expanding judicial discretion at the time of sentencing to
exempt from registration or require juveniles to register for
all first offense registerable juvenile sex crimes if a sex
offender management board evaluator recommends
exemption and the juvenile is otherwise statutorily eligible;
• Adding language to adult and juvenile provisions that
currently reference only crimes defined as unlawful sexual
behavior to also include convictions and adjudications for
nonsexual crimes where there has been, pursuant to statute,
a judicial finding of an underlying factual basis involving
unlawful sexual behavior;
• Creating a process for the court to reconsider its ruling on
whether to require registration if new information is
discovered after the court made its initial ruling;
• Adding a requirement for the court to issue a ruling or set
a mandatory hearing no later than 14 days before the end of
each juvenile’s sentence concerning a juvenile’s ongoing
duty to register;
• Changing the current law that allows the Colorado Bureau
of Investigation (CBI) to inform the requesting party if a
person is on the registry so that the CBI may release
information about a juvenile only under certain restrictions;
• Requiring the CBI to collect data on the number of times
information is requested and released concerning juveniles
on the registry;
• Creating a new unclassified misdemeanor for members of
the public who submit a false statement to the CBI for
purposes of obtaining juvenile registry information or who
use such information in a prohibited manner;
• Updating current law regarding the posting of information
on the registry to the internet to specifically exclude
• Clarifying that a local law enforcement agency may not
release or post on its website information regarding juveniles on the registry;
• Changing current law that requires lifetime registration for
an adult who has more than one adjudication as a juvenile
so that juvenile adjudications alone may not trigger
mandatory lifetime registration; and
• Updating language in the Colorado crime victim rights act
to clarify victim rights when a petition or motion is made
to terminate sex offender registration.

Current Status:

House Committee on Appropriations Lay Over Unamended - Amendment(s) Failed (06/16/2020)
House Committee on Judiciary Refer Amended to Appropriations (01/23/2020)
Introduced In House - Assigned to Judiciary (01/08/2020)

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