DENVER--Today, the Senate gave unanimous support to Senator Owen Hill's (R-Colorado Springs) House Bill 17-1150, denying bail to repeat offenders of stalking or domestic violence.
Under current law, certain crimes are exempt from the possibility of bail. HB 1150 adds to the existing list, a second offense of stalking or domestic violence that occurs within seven years of the first offense.
According to The National Domestic Violence Hotline, 1 in 4 women will experience intimate partner violence or stalking in their life. Of those victims, 77 percent of women aged 18 to 24 we're victimized multiple times by the same offender, the number increases to 81 percent for women aged 35 to 49.
Under Colorado's mandatory arrest laws, if a peace officer has any cause to believe domestic violence has occurred, an arrest will be made. However, offenders are often quickly released and reoffend, discouraging many victims from ever reporting the crime.
"Some crimes make your stomach turn," said Hill. "Repeat offenders who continue to stalk, abuse, and harass our friends and neighbors do not deserve our leniency. Keeping these criminals off the streets and way from our families has to be a prime focus in keeping our communities safe. These thugs need to know, they have no place here and we will not stand for their crimes."
House Bill 17-1150 now moves to the governors desk.