When a person is convicted of or pleads guilty or no contest to a sex crime like Incest (CRS 18-6-302), Enticement of a Child (CRS 18-3-305), or Internet Luring of a Child (CRS 18-3-306), and is sentenced to probation, they must endure the harsh restrictions of Sex Offender Intensive Supervised Probation (SOISP). SOISP is used in Colorado counties like Denver, Arapahoe, Adams, Jefferson, Douglas, Larimer, and Weld. The guidelines of SOISP (CRS 18-1.3-1007) are much stricter than regular probation sentences for people that did not commit a sex crime in cities like Englewood, Aurora, Broomfield, Fort Collins, Littleton, Highlands Ranch, or Arvada.
Sex offender probation is much stricter than for non-sex crimes in Colorado.
Meetings with a Probation Officer
When a sex offender is allowed to remain in the community on probation, they must meet with a probation officer frequently. The probation officer gets to decide the types of classes the individual participates in and controls many other aspects of their life and freedom, including mandatory testing, visits, and call-ins. The probation officer is very strict with every condition and it is very easy to fail at following requirements of SOISP. If the sex offender does not succeed in every area, their probation is revoked and they face prison time.
Indeterminate Probation Sentence
The time an individual is sentenced to Sex Offender Intensive Supervised Probation is indeterminate; meaning that a minimum time is given with no maximum time being specified. It can last for the rest of the person’s life. People convicted of a class 2 or 3 sexual offense felony receive a minimum probation sentence of twenty years and a maximum sentence of life. People convicted of a class 4 sexual offense felony get a ten year minimum with a life maximum. People that are habitual offenders or those who committed crimes of violence are never granted probation. Even though SOISP is strict, it is better than serving an indeterminate sentence in prison.
High Levels of Supervision
The Colorado Revised Statutes dictates that persons on SOISP receive the highest level of supervision. This includes severely restricted activities, mandatory daily contact between the sex offender and their probation officer, monitored curfew, home and employment visitation and monitoring, drug and alcohol screening, treatment referrals and monitoring of those treatments, and restitution. Basically, SOISP is designed to decrease sex offender risk to the public. The probation officer is allowed to be as involved in someone’s personal life as they can possibly be.
A person receives Sex Offender Intensive Supervision Probation when they are convicted, plead guilty, plead guilty to a deferred sentence, or plead no contest to certain sex offenses like Indecent Exposure, Third Degree Sexual Assault (CRS 18-3-404), and others.