Colorado lawmakers failed to pass a bill that would have increased the sentencing requirements for individuals convicted of sexual assault against children.

The proposed bill, titled Jessica's Law, would have created a mandatory sentence for individuals convicted of sexual assault offenses against children under the age of 14. The bill would have set a mandatory sentence of 25 years for those convicted of sex crimes against children.

Colorado lawmakers said they did not pass the bill because the state already has strict laws for sex offenders. Under current laws, Colorado reviews each sex offense case individually and a judge is able to use his or her discretion to give the appropriate punishment. Lawmakers said some offenses still require mandatory prison time and do not allow probation depending on the severity of the offense.

People convicted of sex crimes in Colorado are required to register as sex offenders with the state. Offenders convicted of sex crimes have to register their name, age, address and other specific information that will be made available to the public online. The state said that when a new sex offender registers with the state, the public who lives within half a mile of the offender is notified.

While lawmakers in Colorado said that the state already had harsh penalties for sex crimes against children, not everyone in the state agrees. Supporters of the bill said that it should have been passed because only four other states do not have mandatory sentencing requirements for these offenses. Supporters also said that offenders of these crimes should receive the harshest penalties so it would make sense to have a mandatory sentence requirement of 25 years.

Source: KJCT, "Colorado Lawmakers decline Jessica's Law," Gina Esposito, March 25, 2013