SB is based on years of work by state officials including the Office of Policy and Management and the Sentencing Commission to determine effective ways of making the registry more equitable based on risk factors rather than offenses, said Robert Farr, a former legislator and a former head of the Board of Pardons and Paroles. The bill would re-create a new sex offender registry board which would set the length of time a person could be on the registry based on their risk of re- offending and not just the offenses they committed. The board would gather risk assessment information from probation and parole officials and make a decision on the appropriate length of time a person should be on the registry, Farr said. The proposed law would create two registries, one that is public, which would contain the information on high-risk offenders that the public can see and one that can only be seen by law enforcement, which would contain all offenders that the board deems necessary. Offenders who are considered low-risk would be placed on the law enforcement registry, that only law enforcement can see. The bill would create three lengths of time a person would be required to be on either registry — 10 years, 20 years or for life. People are placed on the existing registry for periods of 10 years or for life.
In the State of Connecticut enacted legislation mandating that the Department of Public Safety establish and maintain a central registry of sex offenders. The legislation requires that registry information be made available to the public through the Internet and at each local police department or State Police troop. The Department of Public Safety updates this information regarding convicted sex offenders regularly, making every effort at accuracy. However, this information can change quickly and the records available on the National Sex Offender Public Registry may not represent the entire list of registered sex offenders in Connecticut.