Aurora theater victims ask Colorado lawmakers to share prisoners’ locations

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DENVER -- Tom Sullivan lost his beloved son in the Aurora theater shooting six years ago.

Since then it has been an education in law, including impractical ones.

“It got to the point there was nothing we could do,” Sullivan said, speaking to the struggle to find out the location of shooter James Holmes.

For two years, Holmes' location was unknown. Sullivan said that was torture for many victims.

“I believe if you can find out and you can tell those people this is where the bogeyman is here here is a picture of the prison and he’s not getting out that would relieve some of the anxiety,” Sullivan said.

It wasn’t until late 2017 that Holmes’  location was revealed to be a prison in Pennsylvania.

Under the proposal, the state would be required to tell victims the location of a prisoner within 48 hours of any change.

The bill does call for some exceptions, including if the Department of Corrections determines the information would put the prisoner, victim or corrections staff in danger.

“We don’t have secret prisons,” State Sen. John Cooke said in speaking in support of the bill.

Cooke, a Republican, is cosponsoring the bill with Democratic Sen. Rhonda Fields.

The bipartisan bill cleared the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday. The Department of Corrections said only four or five prisoners' locations would be withheld if the information would become public.

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