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Drug Policy Task Force

The work of the Drug Policy Task Force has concluded. The Task Force met from August 2009 to October 2013. This period includes a seven-month hiatus between the two work periods described below. The Task Force may be reinstated, if additional drug sentencing or policy topics arise in the future.  

The Drug Policy Task Force was created by the CCJJ pursuant to Senate Bill 2009-286 to address drug sentencing and treatment issues in Colorado. Additionally, in May 2009, the Governor and Attorney General submitted this letter to the Commission regarding specific areas of focus for sentencing reform that were also assigned to this task force. These mandates were addressed between August 2009 and November 2012.

Subsequently, Senate Bill 2013-283 directed the Commission, via the Drug Policy Task Force, to develop recommendations necessary to conform criminal laws to Section 16 (Personal Use and Regulation of Marijuana) of Article XVIII of the State Constitution. A charter specific to this mandate was approved by the Commission on July 10, 2013 to guide the work of the task force. This mandate was addressed between July 2013 and October 2013.

Date Time Location
None scheduled - Ralph Carr Judicial Ctr.
Conference Rm. 1F
1300 Broadway
Denver, CO

Next Meetings:


If necessary, further meetings TBA.

All meetings will be held at Ralph Carr Judicial Ctr. (map) unless noted otherwise.

See the CCJJ Master Calendar for information on all scheduled meetings of the Commission and its subgroups.

To ensure balanced representation on the Drug Policy Task Force, the CCJJ Chair and Vice-Chair employed a template to guide the appointment process. Representative agencies and stakeholders were determined first, followed by the appointment of volunteers to the available positions.

Affiliation Representative
Co-Chair / Judicial Branch / CCJJ Eric Philp, Probation Services
Co-Chair / At Large / CCJJ Charlie Garcia, Denver Crime Prevention and Control Commission
Attorney General's Office / CCJJ Matt Durkin, Attorney General's Office
Law Enforcement / CCJJ Kevin Paletta, Lakewood Police Department
Legislative, CO House Mike Foote, House District 12
Legislative, CO Senate Evie Hudak, Senate District 19
Legislative, CO Senate Pat Steadman, Senate District 31
Behavioral Health Marc Condojani, Division of Behavioral Health
Department of Revenue Ron Kammerzell, Enforcement Group
Colorado Criminal Defense Bar Maureen Cain, Defense Attorney
Public Defenders Brian Connors, State Public Defender's Office
Prosecution Tom Raynes, Colorado District Attorney’s Council
Community at Large Christie Donner, Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition
Law Enforcement Vince Niski, Colorado Springs Police Department
Staff: Germaine Miera (germaine.miera@state.co.us or 303-239-5729) and Christine Adams (Christine.Adams@state.co.us or 303-239-4496)
"CCJJ" - Commission members
 
Former Members 
Affiliation Representative
Judicial Branch Shane Bahr, Problem Solving Courts
Prosecution Chris Brousseau, District Attorney's Office, 1st JD
Juvenile Justice / Former CCJJ Dean Conder, Juvenile Parole Board (Vice Chair of Task Force)
Behavioral Health Treatment Providers George DelGrosso, Colorado Behavioral Healthcare Council
Victims Nancy Feldman, Victim's Programs, Division of Criminal Justice
Behavioral Health Christine Flavia, Division of Behavioral Health
Behavioral Health Treatment Providers Doyle Forrestal, Colorado Behavioral Healthcare Council
Department of Corrections Tim Hand, Division of Adult Parole, Community Corrections, and the Youthful Offender System
Juvenile Justice / Former CCJJ Regina Huerter, Denver Crime Prevention & Control Commission
Prosecution Mark Hulbert, District Attorney's Office, 5th JD
Behavioral Health Treatment Providers Terri Hurst, Colorado Behavioral Healthcare Council
Law Enforcement / Former CCJJ Bill Kilpatrick, Golden Police Department
Private Defense

Bridget Klauber, Private Defense Attorney

Mental Health Treatment Providers Reo Leslie, Colorado School for Family Therapy
Prosecution Greg Long, District Attorney's Office, 2nd JD
Prosecution Miles Madorin, District Attorney's Office, 1st JD
Private Defense Sean McAllister, Private Defense Attorney
Public Defenders Kathleen McGuire, State Public Defender's Office
Prosecution Helen Morgan, District Attorney's Office, 2nd JD
Substance Abuse Treatment Providers Carmelita Muniz, Colorado Association of Alcohol and Drug Service Providers
State Board of Parole John O’Dell, Parole Board Member
Victims Dolores Poeppel, Victim's Assistance Unit, Colorado State Patrol
Prosecution / Former CCJJ Donald Quick, District Attorney's Office, 17th Judicial District
Former Chair/ Law Enforcement / Former CCJJ Grayson Robinson, Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office
Prosecution Dan Rubenstein, District Attorney's Office, 21st JD
Substance Abuse Treatment Providers Paul Thompson, Peer I
Law Enforcement Rod Walker, Colorado Springs Police Department
Department of Corrections Jim Welton, DOC Office of the Inspector General
Behavioral Health Janet Wood, Division of Behavioral Health

 

The Drug Policy Task Force has created the following work groups. The groups may be engaged simultaneously or intermittently in meetings and activities as the need for work on topics arises. Check the CCJJ Master Meeting Calendar for any scheduled meetings of these working groups.

ONGOING
TBA

HIATUS
Structure Working Group
This group focuses on a review of drug sentencing statutes and developing a drug offense sentencing matrix and suggests recommendations for improvements to the task force. 

Treatment Working Group
(previously referenced as the Treatment Funding Working Group or the Prevention Working Group)
This group focuses on justice reinvestment strategies and suggests recommendations to provide substance abuse treatment options for those involved in or transitioning from the criminal justice system. 

CONCLUDED
DUI-D Working Group
This group focused on reviewing drug sentencing statutes and suggested recommendations on driving under the influence of drugs.

Charter
The original charge to the Drug Policy Task Force was derived from Senate Bill 2009-286 and a May 2009 letter to the Commission from the Governor and Attorney General and focused on drug sentencing and treatment issues.

Subsequently, Senate Bill 2013-283 directed the task force to develop recommendations necessary to conform criminal laws to Section 16 (Personal Use and Regulation of Marijuana) of Article XVIII of the State Constitution. A charter specific to this mandate was approved on July 10, 2013 to guide the work of the task force.

Links
Drugs, Brains, and Behavior-The Science of Addiction
National Institute on Drug Abuse-Topics in Brief
Principles of Drug Addiction Treatment: A Research Based Guide
Principles of Drug Abuse Treatment for Criminal Justice Populations A Research-Based Guide
Treating Offenders with Drug Problems: Integrating Public Health and Public Safety

Materials
"Treatment and Related Funding Issues in Community-Based Corrections"
Glenn Tapia (Program Director, Office of Community Corrections)

POWERPOINT SLIDES ---- AUDIO  ---- SLIDE INDEX (to acccompany audio)

Treatment and Related Funding Issues in Community-Based Corrections  400KB
Teen Marijuana Use Increases, Especially Among Eighth Graders 90KB
Florida County Wants to Finance Drug Treatment Through Alcohol Tax 53KB
HIghlights of the National Institute of Drug Abuser's 2010 Monitoring the Future Survey 204KB
Problem Drivers and Traffic Fatalities: October 2009 Performance Audit 312KB
Drunk Driving Penalties (C.R.S. 42-4-1301)    32KB
A Sentencing Guide for DWI Offenders (2005)    8.4MB
2008 Judicial Annual Stat Report: DUI Monitoring (pp. 213-221)   523KB
DUI Data - Colorado   301KB
DUI Courts   291KB
Status of Colorado DUI Courts   212KB
House Bill 10-1352 Drug Bill Details   93KB
Kansas 2007 Senate Bill 14   74KB
Kansas (SB14) Statewide Risk Reduction Initiative - 2009 Annual Report   1MB
Kansas 2003 Senate Bill 123   886KB
Kansas 2003 Senate Bill 123: Process and Implementation Evaluation   1.2MB
South Dakota 24/7 Sobriety Program Expansion Project   304KB
South Dakota 24/7 Sobriety Program Recidivism Statistics   76KB
Treatment Funding Working Group Status Report (June 2010)   284KB 
 

See the CCJJ Master Calendar for information on all scheduled meetings of the Commission and its subgroups.

Date Time Location Minutes
October 2, 2013 3:00 - 5:00pm Ralph Carr Judicial Ctr.,
Conference Rm. 1F
1300 Broadway, Denver, CO
September 18, 2013 1:30 - 4:30pm Ralph Carr Judicial Ctr.,
Conference Rm. 1F
1300 Broadway, Denver, CO
September 4, 2013 1:30 - 4:30pm Ralph Carr Judicial Ctr.,
Conference Rm. 1F
1300 Broadway, Denver, CO
 
August 21, 2013 Cancelled
August 7, 2013 1:30 - 4:30pm Ralph Carr Judicial Ctr.,
Conference Rm. 1F
1300 Broadway, Denver, CO
July 24, 2013 1:30 - 4:30pm 1300 Broadway, Denver, CO To be posted
July 10, 2013 9:00am - Noon 1300 Broadway, Denver
June 12, 2013 On hiatus
May 8, 2013 On hiatus
April 10, 2013 On hiatus
March 6, 2013 On hiatus
February 6, 2013 On hiatus 
January 9, 2013 Cancelled
December 12, 2012 Cancelled
November 7, 2012 1:30 - 5 pm 710 Kipling Street, Lakewood
October 10, 2012 1:30 - 5 pm 710 Kipling Street, Lakewood
September 27, 2012 10:00am - 1:00pm 690 Kipling Street, Lakewood
September 13, 2012 9:00am-12:00pm 710 Kipling Street, Lakewood
August 8, 2012 1:30 - 5 pm 710 Kipling Street, Lakewood
July 11, 2012 1:30 - 5 pm 710 Kipling Street, Lakewood
June 13, 2012 1:30 - 5 pm Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office
13101 Broncos Pkwy, Centennial
May 9, 2012 Cancelled
April 11, 2012 1:30 - 5 pm 710 Kipling Street, Lakewood
March 7, 2012 1:30 - 5 pm 710 Kipling Street, Lakewood
February 8, 2012 1:30 - 5 pm 710 Kipling Street, Lakewood
January 11, 2012 1:30 - 5 pm 710 Kipling Street, Lakewood
December 7, 2011 1:30 - 5 pm 710 Kipling Street, Lakewood
November 9, 2011 1:30 - 5 pm 710 Kipling Street, Lakewood
October 12, 2011 1:30 - 5 pm 710 Kipling Street, Lakewood
September 7, 2011 1:30 - 5 pm 710 Kipling Street, Lakewood
August 10, 2011 Cancelled
July 6, 2011 1:30 - 5 pm 710 Kipling Street, Lakewood
June 8, 2011 1:30 - 5 pm 710 Kipling Street, Lakewood
May 11, 2011 1:30 - 5 pm 710 Kipling Street, Lakewood
April 6, 2011 1:30 - 5 pm 710 Kipling Street, Lakewood
March 9, 2011 1 - 5 pm 11011 W. 6th Avenue, Lakewood
February 9, 2011 1 - 5 pm 710 Kipling Street, Lakewood
January 12, 2011 Cancelled
December 8, 2010 1 - 5 pm 710 Kipling Street, Lakewood
November 10, 2010 1 - 5 pm 710 Kipling Street, Lakewood
October 6, 2010 1 - 5 pm 710 Kipling Street, Lakewood
September 8, 2010 1 - 5 pm 710 Kipling Street, Lakewood
August 25, 2010 1 - 5 pm 710 Kipling Street, Lakewood
July 14, 2010 1 - 5 pm 710 Kipling Street, Lakewood
June 9, 2010 1 - 5 pm 710 Kipling Street, Lakewood
May 2010 Cancelled
April 5, 2010 3 - 5 pm 710 Kipling Street, Lakewood
March 9, 2010 Cancelled
February 2010
Cancelled
January 20, 2010 1 - 4 pm 710 Kipling Street, Lakewood
December 1, 2009 1 - 4 pm 710 Kipling Street, Lakewood
October 27, 2009 1 - 5 pm 710 Kipling Street, Lakewood
October 1, 2009 1 - 5 pm 12345 W. Alameda, Lakewood
September 24, 2009 1-5 pm 11011 W. 6th Avenue, Lakewood
September 10, 2009 1-5 pm 710 Kipling Street, Lakewood
August 27, 2009 1-5 pm 11011 W. 6th Avenue, Lakewood
August 13, 2009 1-5 pm 500 Jefferson Cnty Pkwy, Golden
July 23, 2009  Cancelled