Mandates

The Colorado Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice ("CCJJ") was created by House Bill 2007-1358 with specific mandates for the Commission. These initial mandates may be found in §16-11.3-101 through §16-11.3-105, C.R.S. and §24-1-128.6, C.R.S. The "CCJJ" was re-authorized during legislative sessions in 2013 (Senate Bill 2013-007) and 2018 (House Bill 2018-1287) (see About: Enabling Legislation). 

In addition, other bills signed into law contain specific mandates for the Commission. The Commission also receives other requests and directives from the Executive and/or Legislative Branches for action. The status of Commission responses to these mandates and requests are included below.  For a summary of legislation derived from or related to Commission-generated recommendations, see Resources: Legislation.

Mandate or
Request
Description: Legislative Mandates, Directives and Requests Related  
Documents
Under Review
Senate Bill
2019-008

Bill:

The General Assembly has mandated that the Commission study and make recommendations concerning: a) Alternatives to filing criminal charges against individuals with substance use disorders who have been arrested for drug-related offenses; b) Best practices for investigating unlawful opioid distribution in Colorado, including the creation of black market opioid investigatory entities at the State and local levels; and c) A process for automatically sealing criminal records for drug offense convictions. The Commission must provide a report by July 1, 2020 with its findings and recommendations to the Judiciary and the Public Health Care and Human Services Committees of the House of Representatives and the Judiciary and the Health and Human Services Committees of the Senate, or any successor committees.
 
The Commission's work on this mandate has begun:
  • The Commission has initiated the Opioid Investigations Subcommittee and the Drug Offense Task Force to address the statutory mandates. The first meetings of these committees will be on August 8, 2019.
  • Chairs and members will be recruited and assigned to the committees.  
  • The committees, once initiated, will meet monthly to address the mandates and provide status updates to the Commission.
  • Preliminary findings and recommendations are expected by May 2020 and these will be presented to the Commission for review.
  • The final report will be submitted by the Commission to committees of the General Assembly by July 1, 2020.
To be
posted
House Bill
2019-1149

Bill:

The General Assembly has mandated that the commission study issues regarding the age of delinquency. The Commission must: a) Compile data regarding all criminal filings in the state from the last 3 years that data is available in which a defendant is at least 18 or up to 25 years of age; and b) Study the established brain research for emerging adults and the data collected, study the potential impacts on the division of youth services and youthful offender system (if they also served emerging adults), and make recommendations to the general assembly regarding appropriate uses of the juvenile justice system for emerging adults. The commission must create a report of the collected data and recommendations by June 30, 2020 for the Judiciary Committees of the House of Representatives and Senate .
 
The Commission's work on this mandate has begun:
  • The Commission has an ongoing task force, Age of Delinquency Task Force, to address this mandate.
  • The Co-Chairs of the Task Force are Commission members, Jessica Jones and Joe Thome.  
  • Members of the task force, who are subject matter experts, have been working on related issues since February 2018 and will continue to meet monthly to address these specific mandates.
  • Preliminary findings and recommendations are expected by April 2020 and, subsequently, these will be presented to the Commission for review.
  • The final report will be submitted by the Commission to committees of the General Assembly by June 30, 2020.
To be
posted
Ongoing Mandates
House Bill
2018-1198

Bill:

The General Assembly established best practices for state boards and commissions (§24-3.7-102, C.R.S). The statute requires that, starting January 1, 2019, each statutorily created board or commission shall implement written policies or bylaws and obtain annual training in twelve competency areas (see the Bill at left for these competency areas). The agency with responsibility for the board or commission is tasked to ensure that the required annual training occurs.
 
Ongoing:
  • The Commission staff completed a review of Commission documents and all are updated and in statutory compliance with statutory provisions (November 2018). Ongoing reviews will ensure statutory compliance.
  • Staff of the Attorney General's Office provided the initial training session to meet the requirements in HB18-1198 at the October 12, 2018 Commission meeting. 
  • Subsequently, annual training will occur to maintain compliance with this statutory mandate.
Ongoing
House Bill
2018-1287

Bill:

The General Assembly requires that in even-numbered years the Commission requests a letter from the Governor regarding topics of study. The Governor is encouraged to consult with the Chief Justice of the Colorado Supreme Court and the Major and Minority Leaders of the Colorado House of Representatives and the Senate.
 
Ongoing. The Commission will submit a request for the first such letter from the Governor in May of 2020. Every even-numbered year following, the Commission will request the mandated May letter.
Ongoing
House Bill
2013-1299

(no repeal date; corresponds
with re-authorization period,
7/1/2023)

Bill:

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 (§2-7-203(2)(d), C.R.S.; see p. 7 of the Bill).  The Commission Chair and/or Vice-Chair provide an overview of the Commision and a general summary of Commission activities.
 
Ongoing. The Commission provided the first of these annual presentations in December 2013 and will continue to provide these reports annually until the Commission is repealed.

- FY2019 CCJJ SMART Government Report (11/29/18; MP3; 20:02 minutes)

- FY2018 CCJJ SMART Government Report (1/8/18; MP3; 39:13 minutes)

- FY2017 CCJJ SMART Government Report (1/4/17; MP3; 40:26 minutes)

- FY2016 CCJJ SMART Government Report (12/16/15; MP3; 36:58 minutes)

- FY2015 CCJJ SMART Government Report (12/18/14; MP3; 11:55 minutes)

- FY2014 CCJJ SMART Government Report (12/12/13; MP3; 10:40 minutes)

Ongoing

See links to
MP3 files at left

Addressed / Repealed
House Bill
2018-1346

Bill:

The General Assembly mandated that the Commission study whether existing criminal statutes addressed abuse of a child or youth in facilities operated by the Colorado Department of Human Services (see the definition of "facility" in HB 2018-1346 at left). The Commission was required to issue recommendations concerning any identified gaps in law and, on or before July 1, 2019, provide a report with findings and recommendations to the Judiciary and the Public Health Care and Human Services Committees of the House of Representatives and the Judiciary and the Health and Human Services Committees of the Senate, or any successor committees.
 
The Commission's work on this mandate is complete:
  • The Commission created the Abuse of Youth in Custody Subcommittee to address this mandate.
  • The Subcommittee Chair was Joe Thome, Div. of Criminal Justice.
  • Subject matter experts developed a work plan and conducted meetings between September 2018 and March 2019.
  • The Subcommittee presented a preliminary report for review at the May 10, 2019 Commission meeting. At the June 14, 2019 Commission meeting, the Commission finalized its review and approved the report and accompanying Recommendation FY19-AYIC #01.
  • The final report was submitted by the Commission to committees of the General Assembly by July 1, 2019.
CCJJ
Report:

Senate Bill
2017-207


Bill:
The General Assembly directs the Office of Behavioral Health of the Colorado Department of Human Services to prepare and submit a report to the Commission. The report must include details concerning the current status of funding and the implementation of the expansion of behavioral health crisis services. The 2017 report, due by November 1, 2017, was pursuant to §27-60-103(6)(b), C.R.S. The related May 1, 2018 report did not mandate reporting to the Commission, but is included here for informational purposes (see §27-60-103(6)(c), C.R.S.).
 
The Office of Behavioral Health provided updates regarding:

 - the 2017 report at the November 9, 2017 Commission meeting, and
 - the 2018 report at the June 14, 2019 Commission meeting.

OBH 2017
Report:

OBH 2018
Report:

House Bill
2014-1214

(repeal date, 7/1/2015)

Bill:
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 House Bill 14-1214). A report of findings shall be submitted to the House and Senate Judiciary Committees by March 1, 2015.
 
The Commission's work on this mandate may be found here:
 - See the report link at right.
 - Commission Reports page (or link directly to the report.)
 - The work on this mandate primarily occurred in an ad hoc First-Responder Study Group and the Legislative Subcommittee.
CCJJ
Report:

Letter:
State Sen. Carroll &
State Rep. Ferrandino
& Bill Sponsors:
Sens. Kefalas & Newell,
& Rep. Fields

(April 15, 2014)

Related to postponed
House Bill 2014-1131


Letter:
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. This request was precipitated by the failure of House Bill 2014-1131. 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's work on this request may be found here:
 - Commission Reports page (or link directly to the report)
 - The work on this mandate primarily occurred in the Cyberbullying Subcommittee.
 - House Bill 2015-1072, which addressed this issue, was signed into law April 24, 2015.

CCJJ
Report:



Bill:
(HB15-1072)
Senate Bill
2013-283

(repeal date, 7/1/2014)

Bill:
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.
CCJJ
Report:
House Bill
2013-1195

(repeal date, 1/2/2014)

Bill:

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)
- This work was completed by an ad hoc Human Trafficking Study Group
CCJJ
Report:
Letter:
Gov. John Hickenlooper,
State Sen. John Morse &
State Rep. Mark Ferrandino

(April 29, 2013)
 
Letter:
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)
- This work was completed by an ad hoc Jessica's Law Study Group
CCJJ
Report:
House Bill
2012-1310

(repeal date, 7/1/2013)

Bill:
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
 - The work on this mandate primarily occurred in the Drug Policy Task Force.
 - The link to the related December 2012 Commission report is provided at right.
CCJJ
Report:

 
Bill:
(SB13-250)
Senate Bill
2012-020


Bill:
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 mandate may be found here:
 - See the document links at right. (Materials updated, June 2018)
 - Also, see the Commission Reports page.
911 Good Samaritan Law
Factsheet


Resources
Senate Bill
2009-286

(repeal date, 7/1/2010)

Bill:
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
 - The work on this mandate primarily occurred in the Comprehensive Sentencing Task Force and the Sentencing Task Force.
- The Commission will continue to reference and review these reforms areas in light of any current sentencing reform considerations.
See links at left
Letter:
Gov. Bill Ritter, Jr. &
Attorney Gen.
John Suthers

(May 12, 2009)
Letter:
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).
- The Commission will continue to reference and review these reforms areas in light of any current sentencing reform considerations.
See links at left