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The Office of Research and Statistics (ORS) consists of a group of professional researchers and exists within the Division of Criminal Justice (DCJ) in the Department of Public Safety (CDPS) to fulfill a number of DCJ’s statutory requirements, described below. These mandates include the administration of a statistical analysis center (SAC) supported in part by the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) to facilitate the exchange of data and information.

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According to C.R.S. 24-33.5-503, the Division of Criminal Justice has the following mandates, some of which direct the work of the Office of Research and Statistics:

    24-33.5-503. Duties of division

    (1) The division has the following duties:

    (a) In cooperation with other agencies, to collect and disseminate information concerning crime and criminal justice for the purpose of assisting the general assembly and of enhancing the quality of criminal justice at all levels of government in this state;

    (b) To analyze this state's activities in the administration of criminal justice and the nature of the problems confronting it and to make recommendations and to develop comprehensive plans of action for the improvement of criminal justice and for crime and delinquency control and related matters for consideration and implementation by the appropriate agencies of state and local government. In developing such plans, the division shall draw upon the planning capabilities of other agencies, particularly the judicial department and the department of corrections.

    (c) To advise and assist law enforcement agencies in this state to improve their law enforcement systems and their relationships with other agencies and the statewide system;

    (d) To act as the state planning agency under the federal "Crime Control Act of 1973", Pub.L. 93-83;

    (e) To do all things necessary to apply for, qualify for, accept, and expend any state, federal, or other moneys made available or allotted under said Public Law 93-83 and under any other law or program, including the Colorado community policing program described in part 6 of this article, designed to improve the administration of criminal justice, court systems, law enforcement, prosecution, corrections, probation and parole, juvenile delinquency programs, and related fields;

    (f) To administer a statistical analysis center for the purpose of collecting and analyzing statewide criminal justice statistics;

    (g) To establish and maintain a jail health care project to assist detention facilities in acquiring accreditation from the American medical association, provide technical assistance to jails relating to the development, upgrading, and evaluation of inmate health care delivery systems, act as an educational clearinghouse for information related to jail health care, assist in the development of specialized training programs for detention personnel, provide technical assistance in the planning and construction of new jail facilities relating to inmate health care delivery systems, and implement cooperation between community and state agencies to improve detention health care;

    (h) Repealed.

    (i) To promulgate rules and regulations which set minimum standards for temporary holding facilities as defined in section 19-1-103 (106), C.R.S.;

    (j) To carry out the duties specified in article 27.8 of title 17, C.R.S.;

    (k) To carry out the duties prescribed in article 11.5 of title 16, C.R.S.;

    (l) To carry out the duties prescribed in article 11.7 of title 16, C.R.S.;

    (m) To provide information to the director of research of the legislative council concerning population projections, research data, and other information relating to the projected long-range needs of correctional facilities and juvenile detention facilities and any other related data requested by the director;

    (n) To carry out the duties prescribed in section 16-11-101.7 (3), C.R.S.;

    (o) To develop, in consultation with the sex offender management board and the judicial branch by January 1, 1999, the risk assessment screening instrument that will be provided to the sentencing courts to determine the likelihood that a sex offender would commit one or more of the offenses specified in section 18-3-414.5 (1) (a) (II), C.R.S., under the circumstances described in section 18-3-414.5 (1) (a) (III), C.R.S.;

    (p) To implement, in consultation with the judicial branch, by July 1, 1999, the risk assessment screening instrument developed pursuant to paragraph (o) of this subsection (1);

    (q) To review existing policies relating to the issuance and use of no-knock search warrants pursuant to part 3 of article 3 of title 16, C.R.S.;

    (r) To inspect secure juvenile facilities and collect data on juveniles that are held in secure juvenile facilities, jails, and lockups throughout the state;

    (s) To report, on or before January 15, 2011, and every five years thereafter, in consultation with the state economist, to the judiciary committees of the senate and the house of representatives, or any successor committees, recommendations for changes to value-based crimes based upon inflationary changes during the previous five years;

    (t) To analyze the data from the state board of parole provided to the division pursuant to section 17-22.5-404 (6), C.R.S., and to provide training to the board, pursuant to section 17-22.5-404 (6), C.R.S., regarding how to use the data obtained and analyzed to facilitate the board's decision-making;

    (u) Repealed.

    (v) To provide to the judiciary committees of the senate and the house of representatives, or any successor committees, a status report on the effect on parole outcomes and use of any moneys allocated pursuant to House Bill 10-1360, enacted in 2010;

    (w) To develop the administrative release guideline instrument for use by the state board of parole as described in section 17-22.5-107 (1), C.R.S.;

    (x) To develop the Colorado risk assessment scale as described in section 17-22.5-404 (2) (a), C.R.S.;

    (y) To develop, in cooperation with the department of corrections and the state board of parole, a parole board action form;

    (z) To provide training on the Colorado risk assessment scale and the administrative release guideline instrument as required by section 17-22.5-404 (2) (c), C.R.S.; and

    (aa) To receive the information reported to the division by law enforcement agencies pursuant to section 22-32-146, C.R.S., and by district attorneys pursuant to section 20-1-113, C.R.S., and provide the information, as submitted to the division, to any member of the public upon request, in a manner that does not include any identifying information regarding any student. If the division provides the information to a member of the public upon request pursuant to this paragraph (aa), the division may charge a fee to the person, which fee shall not exceed the direct and indirect costs incurred by the division in providing the information.

    HISTORY: Source: L. 83: Entire article added, p. 935, § 1, effective July 1, 1984.L. 84: (1)(g) added, p. 684, § 17, effective July 1; (1)(h) added, p. 661, § 21, effective July 1.L. 89: (1)(i) added, p. 929, § 6, effective April 23.L. 90: (1)(j) added, p. 970, § 4, effective July 1.L. 91: (1)(k) added, p. 442, § 8, effective May 29.L. 92: (1)(l) added, p. 462, § 7, effective June 1.L. 94: (1)(m) added, p. 1097, § 9, effective May 9; (1)(n) added, p. 1813, § 7, effective June 1.L. 97: (1)(o) and (1)(p) added, p. 1566, § 13, effective July 1.L. 98: (1)(o) amended, p. 401, § 10, effective April 21.L. 99: (1)(o) amended, p. 1150, § 12, effective July 1.L. 2000: (1)(q) added, p. 651, § 3, effective July 1; (1)(i) amended, p. 1863, § 80, effective August 2.L. 2006: (1)(r) added, p. 257, § 5, effective March 31; (1)(e) amended, p. 1124, § 2, effective May 25; (1)(q) amended, p. 144, § 20, effective August 7.L. 2007: (1)(s) added, p. 1697, § 18, effective July 1.L. 2009: (1)(t) added, (SB 09-135), ch. 329, p. 1755, § 2, effective August 5.L. 2010: (1)(v) added, (HB 10-1360), ch. 263, p. 1196, § 6, effective May 25; (1)(w), (1)(x), (1)(y), and (1)(z) added, (HB 10-1374), ch. 261, p. 1187, § 7, effective May 25; (1)(e) amended, (HB 10-1336), ch. 342, p. 1581, § 1, effective June 5; (1)(u) added, (HB 10-1352), ch. 259, p. 1172, § 11, effective August 11.L. 2012: (1)(y) and (1)(z) amended and (1)(aa) added, (HB 12-1345), ch. 188, p. 747, § 33, effective May 19; (1)(u) repealed, (HB 12-1310), ch. 268, p. 1413, § 38, effective June 7.

    Editor's note: Subsection (1)(h)(II) provided for the repeal of paragraph (1)(h), effective July 1, 1988. (See L. 84, p. 661.)

    Cross references: (1) For the legislative declaration contained in the 2006 act amending subsection (1)(e), see section 1 of chapter 246, Session Laws of Colorado 2006.

    (2) For the legislative declaration amending subsections (1)(y) and (1)(z) and adding subsection (1)(aa) that states the purpose of and the provision directing legislative staff agencies to conduct a post-enactment review pursuant to § 2-2-1201 scheduled in 2016, see sections 21 and 46 of chapter 188, Session Laws of Colorado 2012. To obtain a copy of the review, once completed, view Colorado Legislative Council's web site.


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