Child abuse registry bill passes Conn. Senate
HARTFORD, Conn.—The Connecticut Senate has passed a bill that would allow rehabilitated people to apply to have their names removed from the state child abuse and neglect registry.
State senators voted 23-13 in favor of a modified version of the measure Wednesday. It now awaits action in Connecticut's House of Representatives.
The proposal would allow offenders currently on the database to appeal their listing after five years of not being involved in any new abuse investigations. Applicants would need to submit letters of support from two adults with knowledge of the rehabilitation.
Currently, anyone identified as a perpetrator in Department of Children and Families investigations of child abuse and neglect is listed in a registry for such offenses, even if the individual is not convicted of a civil or criminal offense.