HELENA - The Montana State Legislature's House Judiciary Committee heard a bill that would give district courts authority to rank sex offenders by likelihood of committing another offense.
The state already requires that registered sex offenders to be designated as a tier 1, 2, or 3 offender. But not every sex offender in the state has a designated tier. Specifically those convicted before 1997, or out of state. House Bill 335 (PDF, Videos) would allow district courts to assign tiers to these offenders.
"In Montana, a therapist looks at this offender and they use statistical tools to tell whether this person is likely to reoffend or not. Those statistical tools are not based on the type of offense that you've committed," says State Prosecutor Ole Olsen of the Montana Attorney General's Office. "It's based on your comparison, what your history is like, what your psychological makeup is like compared to other populations."
No one spoke in opposition of the bill.