Juvenile Justice Reform Committee

The Juvenile Justice Reform Committee (JJRC) was created to fulfill the mandates of Senate Bill19-108. The committee is tasked with: 

  • Adopting a validated risk and needs assessment tool to be used by juvenile courts, the division of youth services (DYS), juvenile probation, and the parole department;
  • Selecting a mental health screening tool for juvenile offenders;
  • Selecting a validated risk screening tool to be used by district attorneys in determining a juvenile's eligibility for diversion;
  • Selecting a vendor to assist in the implementation of and provide training on the tools; and
  • Developing plans for measuring the effectiveness of the tools.

Committee Members

Work Group Members
Meetings: Schedule, Agenda & Minutes
Background Overview of the Committee and SB19-108 (PDF)
Full text of SB19-108 creating the committee (PDF)
Contact: If you have questions or woudl like more information, please contact Anna Lopez at (303) 239-5705 or anna.lopez@state.co.us.

Stautory Requirements of the Committee

Statutory Requirement


Select a validated risk and needs assessment tool or tools

September 1, 2019

Select a qualified vendor or technical assistance provider to support the adoption and implementation of the risk assessment, risk screening, and mental health screening tools

July 1, 2020

Select a validated risk screening tool

January 1, 2021

Select a validated mental health screening tool

January 1, 2021

Identify shared outcome measures that service providers receiving state funds must track and report

January 1, 2021

Identify shared outcomes measures for diversion, juvenile probation, and the Division of Youth Services

January 1, 2021

Committee Members

For details regarding the legislative requirements for council membership and appointing authority, please see SB19-108.

1. The Governor or the Governor's designee:
Adam Zarrin, Criminal Justice Policy Advisor, Governor’s Office

2. Four members of the Colorado General Assembly:

  • Senator Gardner, CO State Senate District 12
  • Senator Lee, CO State Senate District 11
  • Representative Michaelson Jenet, CO House of Representatives District 30
  • Representative McKean, CO House of Representatives District 51

3. Two judges:

  • Hon. Douglas Walker, Chief Judge, 22nd Judicial District
  • Hon. Beth Elliot-Dumler, Magistrate, 18th Judicial District

4. The Director of the Division of Youth Services or designee:
Anders Jacobson, Director, Division of Youth Services

5. The Director of the Division of Criminal Justice or designee:
Joe Thome, Director, Division of Criminal Justice

6. The Executive Director of the Dept. of Human Services or designee:

Perry Mays, Deputy Executive Director, Department of Human Services

7. The State Court Administrator or designee: 

Steven Vasconcellos, State Court Administrator, Judicial Department

8.The Attorney General or designee:
Bob Booth, Assistant Deputy Attorney General for Criminal Justice

9. Two state prosecutors with experience in juvenile prosecution and diversion issues:

  • Tariq Sheikh, Deputy District Attorney, 17th Judicial District
  • Sarah Ericson, Deputy District Attorney, 18th Judicial District

10. A representative appointed by the State Public Defender and a representative appointed by the Office of Alternative Defense Council:

  • Sara Strufing, State Public Defender 
  • Stacie Colling, Juvenile Coordinator, Office of Alternative Defense Counsel

11. Two people who oversee juvenile diversion programs:

  • Elaina Shively, Diversion Director, Boulder County District Attorney’s Office
  • Kirsta Britton, Diversion Director, Weld County District Attorney’s Office

12. The Executive Director of the Office of The Child's Representative or designee:
Sheri Danz, Deputy Director,Office of the Child’s Representative

13. The Colorado Child Protection Ombudsman or designee:

Amanda Pennigton, Director of Client Services, Child Protection Ombudsman

14. Victim advocate representative with experience in juvenile cases:
Allison Boyd, Director, Victim Witness Assistance Unit, 1st Judicial District Attorney’s Office

15. Juvenile mental health professional:
Carl Blake, Sex Offense Specific and Assessment Services Coordinator, Division of Youth Services

16. Two employees of counties with experience in juvenile assessment or placement:

  • Dan Makelky, Director, Douglas County Human Services
  • Lanie Meyers-Mireles, Director,Prowers County Department of Human Services

17. Two representatives of nonprofits that provide programs to prevent or address juvenile delinquency:

  • Elise Logemann, Juvenile Justice Policy Counsel, American Civil Liberties Union
  • Laurie Klith, Executive Director, The Center for Family Outreach

18. Three people who oversee juvenile probation:

  • Shawn Cohn,Chief Probation Officer, Denver Juvenile Court, 2nd Judicial District
  • Tobin Wright, Chief Probation Officer, 16th Judicial District
  • Jenifer Morgen, Chief Probation Officer, 17th Judicial District

19.  Juvenile Representative 

  • Lorenzo Allen