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My Camera Editorial Advisory Board comment published on March 15, 2008, in response to the Camera’s question: Should Colorado’s Legislature tighten the rules on who can be designated a “sexually violent predator”?

The term “sexually violent predator” conjures up images of dirty, old scumbags promising young children and teens whatever it takes to gain their trust. Then, the “predators” take what they want with guns or drugs and deny any wrongdoing. The label fits here and helps protect society from such evil. However, the label needs to be broken into levels to better fit the crimes and to describe the risks to the public.

Differences in images and labels are stark. Men in their 20s who succumb to alluring, underage girls without realizing problems with age differences also get the same label. So do offenders who answer affirmatively to four out of 10 questions on a state questionnaire. Among other criteria, offenders should not have failed first or second grade (presumably even if they repeat grades and graduate from college). They should not have been employed less than full time at the time of the offense. They should not have committed any other felonies as adults. And, finally, they should not have committed any crimes as juveniles classified as felonies for adults.

*This title was not part of the original Camera publication.

Source: Daily Camera

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