Gov. Polis signs law protecting identities of young crime victims and witnesses

KOAA: Colorado Governor Jared Polis signed Senate Bill 23-075 dubbed ‘Riley’s Law’ into law at an event in Colorado Springs. It’s the result of a local mom taking action, who lost her 17-year-old daughter in June 2022.

The law which takes effect in 2024 is designed to protect the identities of underage crime victims and witnesses in reports released to the public.

Previously, Colorado state law allowed the redaction of a victim’s name in cases of sexual assault of a child, human trafficking, and similar charges. The law already allowed law enforcement agencies to redact a child’s name from a record by replacing the name with ‘child victim’ or ‘child witness’. The victim’s legal guardian also had the option to request the redaction.

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