Colorado Division of Criminal Justice
The mission of the Division of Criminal Justice (DCJ) is to improve the safety of the community, the quality of services to crime victims, and the effectiveness of services to offenders. DCJ provides assistance to state and local agencies in the criminal justice system by analyzing policy, conducting criminal justice research, managing programs and administering grants. Download the DCJ Overview. The Division consists of the following offices and units:
- Office of Adult and Juvenile Justice Assistance
- Office of Community Corrections
- Domestic Violence and Sex Offender Management Boards
- Evidence-Based Best Practices in Implementation Center (EPIC)
- Office of Research and Statistics
- Office for Victims Programs
Joe Thome - Director
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Debbie Oldenettel - Deputy Director
Jobs at the Division of Criminal Justice
The Division of Criminal Justice is an innovative, caring workplace full of people who are passionate about criminal justice and who treat their colleagues like family. DCJ is part of the Colorado Department of Public Safety. To view current job opportunities and find out how to apply, please visit the CDPS HR page.
The Office of Adult and Juvenile Justice Assistance (OAJJA) administers seven major federal and state criminal and juvenile justice funding programs and provides staffing support to the Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Board and the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (JJDP) Council. In addition, staff from the OAJJA are actively involved in policy initiatives intended to improve the criminal and juvenile justice systems.
Since the mid-twentieth century, penal systems across the country have used "halfway houses" as facilities where offenders could receive supervision and treatment outside of prison walls. These community corrections programs were originally designed as an intermediate point between probation/parole and prison.The concept was that offenders appropriate for community corrections may need more supervision and treatment than those on probation, but less physical confinement than that provided by a prison.
In Colorado, the community corrections system is a unique collaboration between state agencies, local officials and community corrections providers, with an emphasis on local control. Local community corrections boards in each of Colorado's twenty-two judicial districts are an integral part of the system. Under state law, each local board may contract with one or more community corrections program(s) to provide for the supervision and treatment of offenders. The same local boards determine which offenders will be accepted into their local programs.
The Office of Community Corrections within DCJ Enforces Community Corrections Standards through regular program audits, distributes state and federal monies to community corrections boards and programs, and provides technical assistance and specialized training programs for employees of local programs and boards. The OCC also collects statistical data and other information about community corrections on behalf of the Colorado legislature and other state entities.
Staff within the Division of Criminal Justice support the work of the Sex Offender Management Board and the Domestic Violence Management Board.
In 1992, the Colorado General Assembly passed legislation that created a Sex Offender Management Board (SOMB) in the Division of Criminal Justice. The SOMB was charged to develop standards and guidelines for the evaluation, treatment, and behavioral monitoring of sex offenders. The board consists of individuals representing a breadth of law enforcement, community and crimnial justice agencies. The SOMB develops standards and guidelines that provide a systematic basis for evaluation, treatment, and behavioral monitoring of adults and juveniles who have committed sex offenses.
The Domestic Violence Offender Management Board (DVOMB) sets and reviews standards for the court-ordered treatment of domestic violence offenders. Standards are designed to enhance victim and community safety, contain offenders, promote offender accountability, and provide an opportunity for offenders to eliminate violent behavior in all forms. A fundamental principle of the DVOMB is that domestic violence is a crime and not the result of a response to a failing relationship. The safety of the community and the affected victims is the first priority.
The Evidence Based Practices in Implementation for Capacity (EPIC) resource center applies implementation science to engage and strengthen the criminal justice system. This helps the project implement evidence-based innovations in a way that helps participants build skills in an effective, sustainable way to facilitate a system change in the criminal justice system in Colorado. EPIC’s process utilizes training, coaching, and feedback from taped and live interviews as well as regular ongoing practice sessions to help participants build skills in a way that helps them incorporate them into their job duties.
The Office of Research and Statistics (ORS) analyzes justice policies and problems, evaluates criminal justice programs, conducts recidivism studies, provides research support to the Colorado Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice (CCJJ), and distributes information through publications, trainings, and its web site. ORS undertakes this work to assist the General Assembly, the Governor's Office, other state and local agencies, and the public for the purpose of enhancing the quality of criminal justice at all levels of government.
The Office for Victims Programs (OVP) houses a series of programs to support the lives of crime victims. Some of these programs provide indirect support to victims, while other programs (such as the Victim Rights Act Compliance Program) work directly with crime victims and agencies to ensure the rights of crime victims are upheld. OVPs programs include:
Victim Rights Act (VRA) Compliance Program
Local Victim Assistance and Law Enforcement (Local VALE)
The Colorado Sexual Assault Response Project
Forensic Exams for Sexual Assault Victims
Compensation from Benefits of Crime