Lawmakers Consider Changes To Child Abuse List

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ A bill that would allow rehabilitated people to apply to have their names removed from the state child abuse and neglect registry is facing its first round of votes in the Connecticut General Assembly.

Members of the Judiciary Committee are scheduled to vote on the bill Monday.

The proposal would allow offenders currently on the database to appeal their listing after five years of not being involved in any new abuse reports or investigations.

To be removed from the registry, applicants would need to substantiate rehabilitation claims.

Supporters of the legislation say the database can permanently punish rehabilitated people and restrict their ability to find work.

Critics say they are concerned with the bill’s lack of details and the chance of individuals re-offending.

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