In one of our previous posts, we discussed how Colorado's mandated treatment program for convicted sex offenders were backlogged. In addition to the high number of offenders waiting to complete their mandated treatment, recent reports have questioned the effectiveness of the programs under the state's Lifetime Supervision Act.

To address the questions surrounding the effectiveness of the mandated treatment programs for convicted sex offenders and the Lifetime Supervision Act, Colorado's governor has asked the state Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice to review the law and determine if revisions need to be made.

The Joint Budget Committee reviewing the Lifetime Supervision Law previously said that it is effective and has some of the harshest sentencing laws for convicted sex offenders in the nation. However, a debate has started in Colorado over whether or not they should adopt Jessica's Law, which would change the punishment for certain sex crimes.

Jessica's Law or the Jessica Lundsford Act, has become a popular and commonly used sentencing scheme for convicted sex offenders. Jessica's Law requires a mandatory prison sentence of 25 years for individuals convicted of certain sex crimes against minors under the age of 12. Many states have adopted this law and use it to help strengthen the penalties against convicted sex offenders. So far, 42 states have started using Jessica's Law as part of their sex offender sentencing laws.

Should Colorado adopt Jessica's Law? That question is still being debated but the governor hopes that after the review is made, they will have a solution to address the problems with current sex offender treatment requirements as well as have a better understanding of how Jessica's Law would impact sex offenders in Colorado.

Source: The Gazette, "Colorado governor calls for review of sex offender sentencing laws," Ryan Handy, May 1, 2013