Victim rights bill, written by Cooke, passes hurdle in Colorado State Senate
January 22, 2018
A bill that would require the prison system to notify victims when an offender is moved to a facility out of state passed legislative hurdle Monday.
If Senate Bill 14 becomes a law, the Colorado Department of Corrections will be required to inform victims when offenders are transferred out of the state, according to a news release from Sean Paige, spokesman for the Colorado State Republicans. Right now, the prison system is only required to notify victims when offenders are moved between facilities within Colorado.
The bill, penned by Sens. John Cooke, R-Greeley, and Rhonda Fields, D-Aurora, passed the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday on a bipartisan 4-0 vote, with one member excused.
The families of two victims of the 2012 Aurora theater shooting testified in favor of the bill during the hearing, according to the release. They said not knowing the whereabouts of James Holmes, the man convicted of committing the crime, left them "with feelings of perpetual fear and uncertainty."
The bill is on the way to a floor vote in the Senate.