CT Sentencing Commission approves changes to sex offender registry

The Connecticut Sentencing Commission approved proposed changes to the state’s sex offender registry, which could allow some people to petition to be removed from the registry. The changes were among several proposals the commission approved this week, and they will be sent to the governor and legislature for their upcoming session.

On the sex registry proposal, it would give those on the registry an opportunity to petition to shorten their registration period or apply for removal from the public registry. In order to do so the registrant would have to show that they have reduced their risk to the community. 

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. 

In order to petition the registrant would have to show that they have reduced their risk to the community. Under the new system a person could be on the registry for shorter periods than under the current system, and others would be on for longer periods. 

Thomas Ullman, a former public defender from New Haven, said it was a “good proposal.” 

This can only help people who are stuck on the registry who we all believe should not be on,” Ullman said. He said being on the registry affects those on the registry’s “ability to get housing, jobs — it leads to criminality. 

Judge Robert Devlin, co-chair of the Sentencing Commission, acknowledged that “anything involved with sex crimes is controversial.” 

However, Devlin added, the proposed changes are good because it pushes the sex offender registry from an “offense-based system to a risk-based system.” 

Robert Farr, co-chair of the Sentencing Commission and a former lawmaker, said the changes proposed are fair for everyone. 

It’s not a tougher on crime or easier on crime legislation,” Farr said. “It’s a smarter on crime.

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