The Comprehensive Sentencing Task Force (CSTF) was seated September 2010 and concluded on September 3, 2014. The Commission will continue to monitor sentencing issues in the state and may restore committees in the future with updated membership, if new issues arise within a topic area.
The Comprehensive Sentencing Task Force (CSTF) followed up on work initiated by the Sentencing Task Force (August 2009 to April 2010 pursuant to Senate Bill 2009-286). The CSTF was to conduct a comprehensive and thorough analysis and assessment of sentencing schemes in Colorado from the point of conviction through parole discharge. Sentencing statutes are examined by crime category with the exception of some categories that are addressed by other Commission task forces (for example, juvenile justice). The charter and initial scope of work of the CSTF can be found here.
Subsequently, the Commission returned to the topic of sentencing, seating the Sentencing Reform Task Force in September of 2020.
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The Comprehensive Sentencing Task force has concluded.
- Task Force Members
To ensure balanced representation on the Comprehensive Sentencing 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. Current members of the Commission ("CCJJ") serving on the task force are listed first, followed by the remaining task force members in alphabetical order.
Position Name, Affiliation Co-Chair (CCJJ) Jeanne Smith, Division of Criminal Justice Co-Chair / Defense (CCJJ) Norm Mueller, Private Defense Attorney Attorney General's Office (CCJJ) Matt Durkin, Attorney General's Office Community at Large (CCJJ) Charles Garcia, Denver Crime Prevention and Control Commission Victim Advocate (CCJJ) Kate Horn-Murphy, District Attorney's (DA) Office, 17th J.D. Legislative, CO House (CCJJ) TBD Law Enforcement (CCJJ) Joe Pelle, Boulder County Sheriff's Office Prosecution (CCJJ) Dave Young, District Attorney's Office, 17th J.D. State Board of Parole Denise Balazic, Parole Board Member Community at Large Maureen Cain, Colorado Criminal Defense Bar Prosecution Michael Dougherty, DA's Office, 1st J.D. (former CCJJ) Judicial Branch,Court Martin Egelhoff, District Court, 2nd J.D. Defense-Appellate Division Jason Middleton, Public Defender's Office Department of Corrections, Parole Walt Pesterfield, Division of Adult Parole Community Corrections Glenn Tapia, Division of Criminal Justice Offender Advocate Dianne Tramutola-Lawson, Colorado CURE Judicial Branch,Probation Dana Wilks, Probation Services Staff: Germaine Miera (email@example.com or 303-239-5729)
"CCJJ" - Commission members
Former Members Position Name, Affiliation Victim Advocate Joe Cannata, Voices of Victims Judicial Branch (CCJJ) Theresa Cisneros,District Court, 4th JD Judicial Branch Jeff Clayton, Deputy Legislative Liaison Community at Large Christie Donner, Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition Attorney General's Office Michael Dougherty, Attorney General's Office (former CCJJ) Department of Corrections Steve Hager, Division of Adult Parole, Community Corrections and Youthful Offender System Department of Corrections Tim Hand, Division of Adult Parole, Community Corrections and Youthful Offender System Prosecution (CCJJ) Pete Hautzinger, District Attorney's Office, 21st J.D. Judicial Branch / Court William Hood, III, District Court, 2nd J.D. Judicial Branch / Court Gilbert Martinez,District Court, 4th J.D. (former CCJJ) Judicial Branch / Probation Eric Philp, Probation Services Public Defender (CCJJ) Doug Wilson, State Public Defender's Office
The Comprehensive Sentencing Task Force created the following Working Groups. The groups may be engaged simultaneously or intermittently in meetings and activities as the need for work on these topics arises.
Classification Working Group
This group focused on revamping the classifications for theft and adding categories for F5, F6 and M1 crimes.
Consolidation Working Group
Combined with the work of the Classification Working Group, the goals of this group were to reduce the number of "Christmas tree" crimes and roll them into a new theft scheme (that includes F5‚ F6‚ and M1). This work was done under a new classification scheme.
Extraordinary Risk Working Group
This work focused on reducing the statute complexity regarding sentence enhancements. The group identified issues and developed a recommendation for the task force.
Habitual / Mandatory Minimum Working Group
This work was to focus on improving sentencing statutes in this area. The topic was to include extensive outreach to experts and to representatives of a variety of constituencies and stakeholders. The group was to identify issues and develop recommendations for the task force. This work was not completed.
Non-Value-Based (Crimes) Working Group
This group expanded previous work to consolidate theft crimes (carried out during FY 2013). The focus is other non-violent, non-value-based (property) crimes. In other words, this group addressed those property-based crimes not included among those under review by the Value-Based Working Group.
Parole Working Group
This work focused on the role that parole plays in sentencing. The group was to identify issues and develop strategies.
Sex Offense Working Group (Charter)
This group studied issues regarding sex offenses. Areas of study included indeterminate and determinate sentencing of sex offenses, lifetime supervision, and the impact of any changes on the availability of sex offender treatment in the Department of Corrections and in the community.
Statewide Diversion Working Group
This group investigated a statewide Diversion program. One issue of importance was whether such programs can be partially funded by offenders.
Value-Based (Crimes) Working Group
This group expanded previous work to consolidate theft crimes (carried out during FY 2013). The focus was other non-violent, value-based (property) crimes, representing such acts as check fraud, arson, I.D. theft, computer hacking, credit card fraud, and property damage, to name a few.
Supplemental information provided in legislative fiscal note 24KB
Summary of questions raised on restitution data 41KB
Considerations regarding sentencing 61KB
Sentencing process flowchart 60KB
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