Comprehensive Sentencing Task Force

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. 

No Further Meetings
Date Time Location

The Comprehensive Sentencing Task force has concluded.

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 (germaine.miera@state.co.us 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
Subgroups

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.

Materials

Supplemental information provided in legislative fiscal note 24KBpdf
Summary of questions raised on restitution data 41KBpdf
Considerations regarding sentencing 61KBpdf
Sentencing process flowchart 60KBpdf

Previous Meetings
Date Time Location Minutes
September 3, 2014 9:00am-Noon 710 Kipling St, Lakewood pdf icon
August 7, 2014 Canceled - Hiatus
July 8, 2014 Canceled - Hiatus
June 10, 2014 Canceled - Hiatus
May 6, 2014 Canceled - Hiatus
April 8, 2014 1:30-4:30PM 710 Kipling St, Lakewood pdf icon
March 11, 2014 1:30-4:30PM 690 Kipling St, Lakewood pdf icon
February 11, 2014 1:30-4:30PM 710 Kipling St, Lakewood pdf icon
January 7, 2014 1:30-4:30PM 710 Kipling St, Lakewood pdf icon
December 10, 2013 Canceled
November 5, 2013 Canceled
October 8, 2013 1:30-4:30PM 710 Kipling St, Lakewood pdf icon
September 3, 2013 1:30-4:30PM 710 Kipling St, Lakewood pdf icon
August 6, 2013 1:30-4:30PM 710 Kipling St, Lakewood pdf icon
July 9, 2013 Canceled
June 11, 2013 1:30-4:30PM 710 Kipling St, Lakewood pdf icon
May 7, 2013 1:30-4:30PM 710 Kipling St, Lakewood pdf icon
April 9, 2013 Canceled
March 5, 2013 Canceled
February 5, 2013 1:30-4:30PM 710 Kipling St, Lakewood pdf icon
January 10, 2013 1:30-5:00PM 710 Kipling St, Lakewood pdf icon
December 13, 2012 Canceled
November 8, 2012 1:30-5:00PM 710 Kipling St, Lakewood pdf icon
October 11, 2012 1:30-5:00PM 710 Kipling St, Lakewood pdf icon
September 13, 2012 1:30-5:00PM 710 Kipling St, Lakewood pdf icon
August 9, 2012 Canceled
July 12, 2012 Canceled
June 14, 2012 1:30-5:00PM 710 Kipling St, Lakewood pdf icon
May 10, 2012 1:30-5:00PM 710 Kipling St., Lakewood pdf icon
April 12, 2012 1:30-5:00PM 710 Kipling St, Lakewood pdf icon
March 8, 2012 1:30-4:30PM 1525 Sherman St., Denver pdf icon
February 9, 2012 1:30-5:00PM 710 Kipling St, Lakewood pdf icon
January 12, 2012 Canceled
December 8, 2011 1:30-5:00PM 710 Kipling St, Lakewood pdf icon
November 17, 2011 1:30-5:00PM 710 Kipling St, Lakewood pdf icon
October 13, 2011 Canceled
September 8, 2011 9:00AM-5:00PM 710 Kipling St, Lakewood pdf icon
August 11, 2011 Canceled
July 7, 2011 1:30-4:30PM 710 Kipling St, Lakewood pdf icon
June 9, 2011 1:30-4:30PM 710 Kipling St, Lakewood pdf icon
May 12, 2011 1:30-4:30PM 710 Kipling St, Lakewood pdf icon
April 7, 2011 1:30-4:30PM 710 Kipling St, Lakewood pdf icon
March 10, 2011 1:30-4:30PM 710 Kipling St, Lakewood pdf icon
February 10, 2011 1:30-4:30PM 710 Kipling St, Lakewood pdf icon
January 13, 2011 1:30-4:30PM 710 Kipling St, Lakewood pdf icon
December 9, 2010 1:30-4:30PM 690 Kipling St, Lakewood pdf icon
November 9, 2010 1:30-4:30PM 710 Kipling St, Lakewood pdf icon
October 7, 2010 1:30-4:30PM 700 Kipling St, Lakewood pdf icon
September 7, 2010 1:30-4:30PM 710 Kipling St, Lakewood pdf icon