The answer to today's blog headline query posed above can be quickly answered: It materially ups the ante.
Let's salute youth.
Colorado frequently garners media space in news outlets across the country. Stories concerning the state often underscore its matchless beauty and unparalleled status as a ground central locale for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts.
Colorado parents know all about the vulnerabilities of their children, who are understandably prone to occasionally rash behavior and questionable judgment as they work their way toward adulthood. Moms and dads were once kids, too, and know that the road to maturity is an evolving process.
Colorado courts have long held that a juvenile’s placement on the state’s sex offender registry for a lifetime is not punishment.
One Colorado legislator labels it “a huge stigma … that leads to all kinds of downstream issues related to mental health and educational attainment.”
The core take of many commentators on the oft-professed accuracy and even infallibility of forensic evidence submitted in criminal cases is that the underlying science is questionable and often flatly problematic.
Colorado is similar to other states across the country in imposing mandatory reporting requirements upon select individuals having knowledge of sexual abuse being inflicted on children by third parties.
If you are in criminal custody in Colorado and instructed to enter a room at the police station along with several other individuals to participate in a lineup, you might reasonably have some concerns.
It can hardly be argued that the Colorado sex-offender registry is a controversial, even contentious, law enforcement tool.