Attorney General Suthers takes further action to Protect Coloradans from Sexually Violent Predators

DENVER - Attorney General John Suthers has established a Criminal Justice Subcommittee of the Governor’s Task Force on Sexually Violent Predators to immediately identify and address deficiencies within the existing system. The Subcommittee will also examine how critical information is shared among criminal justice agencies.

“Our top priority is to ensure public safety,” said Attorney General Suthers. “After our initial meeting, it was clear that the current system could do a better job at protecting Coloradans from sexually violent predators. Members of the Task Force and the Criminal Justice Subcommittee will pursue any possible remedy to correct problems within the existing system.”

Attorney General Suthers chairs the Governor’s Task Force on Sexually Violent Predators, which was created through an Executive Order issued last month to identify and address deficiencies in the identification and notification of sexually violent predators. This group is further charged with submitting recommended statutory changes to the Governor by November 1, 2005.

The Criminal Justice Subcommittee includes representatives from state entities that are responsible for the identification and notification of sexually violent predators. The Attorney General appointed Douglas County Sheriff Michael Acree and Jeanne Smith, Deputy Attorney General for Criminal Justice as co-chairs.

“This Subcommittee of well-trained experts will begin taking a tough look at how our criminal justice system is meeting the expectations of our citizens,” said Attorney General Suthers. 

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