Originally posted on CBS Denver:
DENVER (CBS4)– A blow up between Democrats and Republicans at the state Capitol has put a sweeping anti-crime measure in jeopardy.
District attorneys across Colorado said if this bill doesn’t pass it will impact public safety. The bill deals with everything from securities fraud to juvenile sentencing. Or at least it did before it was gutted.
Now all that’s left is a bill that addresses hiring part-time prosecutors.
Democrats dismantled the bill to quash an effort by Republicans to resurrect a contentious issue.
At the center of the controversy is a law named after Jessica Lunsford. The young girl from Florida who was raped and murdered by a convicted sex offender.
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Jessica’s Law requires mandatory minimum sentences for pedophiles.
Republicans introduced the bill earlier this year and Jessica’s father testified, “How many times do these kids have to go through it before somebody does…
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