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CO Department of
Public Safety

700 Kipling Street #1000
Denver CO 80215 USA
Tel: 303.239.4400
Fax: 303.239.4670

Enabling Legislation & Mandates

The Colorado Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice ("CCJJ") was created by House Bill 2007-1358 with specific mandates for the Commission.  The "CCJJ" was re-authorized during the 2013 legislative session by Senate Bill 2013-007 (see "Enabling Legislation" below).

In addition, there are other bills signed into law with specific mandates for the Commission and there are other requests and directives from the Executive and/or Legislative Branches for action by the Commission (see "Legislative Mandates, Directives and Requests" below).

The status of Commission responses to these mandates and requests are included below.  For a summary of legislation derived from or related to Commission recommendations, see Resources: Legislation.

Bill Enabling Legislation Bill Link
Senate Bill 2013-007
(repeal date, 7/1/2018)
The repeal date of the Colorado Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice is extended to July 1, 2018.
House Bill 2013-1299
(no repeal date corresponds
with re-authorization period,
7/1/2018)
The General Assembly requires the Commission to present an annual progress report to the Joint Judiciary Committee on any pending or finalized recommendations to be drafted as bills for impending legislative sessions (see p. 7 of the bill).
 
The Commission provided the first of these annual presentations on December 12, 2013 and will continue to provide these reports annually until the Commission is repealed.
 - 2013 SMART Government Presentation (Duration: 10:49)
 
House Bill 2007-1358
(repeal date, 7/1/2013)
The study of the criminal justice system and creating the Colorado Criminal and Juvenile Justice Commission with a repeal date of July 1, 2013.
Bill or Request Legislative Mandates, Directives and Requests Bill / Document
Link
Ongoing
House Bill 2014-1214
(repeal date, 7/1/2015)
The General Assembly directs the Commission to review 18-1.3-401(1)(b)(IV), C.R.S. and the efficacy of implementing enhanced sentencing for certain crimes against emergency medical service providers (see p. 6, Section 7 of the bill). A report of findings shall be submitted to the House and Senate Judiciary Committees by March 1, 2015.

The Commission has reviewed this request and the initiation of work is pending action by the Governor's Office.
Bill:
Letter:
State Sen. Carroll &
State Rep. Ferrandino
& Bill Sponsors:
Sens. Kefalas & Newell,
& Rep. Fields

(April 15, 2014)
[Related to postponed
House Bill 2014-1131]
This letter requests the Commission to conduct a comprehensive review of the use of interactive computers, cellular services, and social media by youth to bully, harass, or threaten minor victims. The Commission shall determine the most effective strategies to address and prevent "cyberbullying" and, taking developmental issues into account, the most effective criminal or juvenile justice response to such behaviors. A report must be submitted to the Governor's Office of Legal Counsel and the House and Senate Judiciary Committees by December 1, 2014.

The Commission has reviewed this request  and work has been initiated.
Letter:


Bill:
Senate Bill 2012-020 The General Assembly encourages the Commission to create and make publicly available a document describing provisions of 18-1-711, C.R.S. (Immunity for persons who suffer or report an emergency drug or alcohol overdose event).
(Note: The mention of the Commission occurs in Section 3 of the Act.)

The Commission's work on this request is pending resource allocation.
Bill:
Letter:
Gov. Bill Ritter, Jr. &
Attorney Gen. John Suthers
(May 12, 2009)
This letter on sentencing reform requests the Commission to prioritize nine areas of study.

The Commission's work on this request may be found here:
 - Legislation, and  Recommendations

(See also, the Comprehensive Sentencing Task Force and the
Sentencing Task Force).
 
Letter:
House Bill 2008-1119
The General Assembly directs the Commission to study the reduction of disparities within the criminal justice system.

The Commission's work on this mandate may be found here:
 - Disproportionate Minority Contact,
 - Legislation, and Recommendations

(See also, the Minority Over-Representation Subcommittee).
Bill:
Bill or Request Legislative Mandates, Directives and Requests Bill / Document
Link
Repealed / Addressed
Senate Bill 2013-283
(repeal date, 7/1/2014)
General Assembly directs the Drug Policy Task Force to make recommendations to the Commission which will, in turn, make recommendations by December 15, 2013 to the General Assembly regarding any revisions of Title 18 necessary to be compatible with Section 16 ("Personal use and regulation of marijuana") of Article XVIII of the Constitution of the State of Colorado (see p. 3 of the bill).
 
The Commission's work on this mandate may be found here:
 - Commission Reports page (or link directly to the report)
 - The work on this mandate primarily occurred in the Drug Policy Task Force..
Bill:
 
Report:
House Bill 2013-1195
(repeal date, 1/2/2014)
The General Assembly directs the Commission to review the implementation of Title 18, Article 3, Part 5 (Human Trafficking and Slavery) of the Colorado Revised Statutes and submit a report to House and Senate Judiciary Committees by January 1, 2014.
 
The Commission's work on this mandate may be found here:
- Commission Reports page (or, link directly to the report)
Bill:
 
Report:
Letter:
Gov. John Hickenlooper,
State Sen. John Morse &
State Rep. Mark Ferrandino

(April 29, 2013)
Letter requests the Commission to review criminal law applicable to sex offenders to determine whether provisions of the Jessica Lunsford Act ("Jessica's Law"; Florida House Bill 2005-1877) would improve Colorado law. A report must be submitted to the Governor's Office and the House and Senate Judiciary Committees by January 1, 2014.
 
The Commission's work on this request may be found here:
 - Commission Reports page (or link directly to the report)
 
Letter:
 
Report:
House Bill 2012-1310
(repeal date, 7/1/2013)
The General Assembly directs the Commission to consider the development of a comprehensive drug sentencing scheme.
(Note: Several criminal justice bills were appended to this bill. See Section 28 for this mandate to the Commission on drug sentencing.)
 
The Commission's work on this mandate may be found here:
 - Legislation (most specifically, Senate Bill 2013-250), and
 - Recommendations

(See also, the Drug Policy Task Force.).
Bill (HB12-1310):
 
Bill (SB13-250):
Senate Bill 2009-286
(repeal date, 7/1/2010)
The General Assembly directs the Commission to prioritize the study of sentencing reform while maintaining public safety.
 
The Commission's work on this mandate may be found here:
 - Legislation, and  Recommendations

(See also, the Comprehensive Sentencing Task Force and the
Sentencing Task Force).
Bill: