Readings

The readings and information found in the categories below were previously shared with Commissioners at specific Commission meetings. Because these resources may be difficult to locate among the many entries for Commission Meetings, they are compiled here for ease of perusal. There are additional links to background information not provided at Commission meetings, but are offered to inform Commissioner's discussions and deliberations.

RECENT POSTS
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pdf icon TOPIC: Criminal Justice Agency Practices

Addressing Trauma and Victimization in Women's Prisons- Executive Summary (2020) 
322KB
(See also Urban Institute)
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TOPIC: Criminal Justice Agency Practices

Exploring the Increase in CO District Court Filing (2013-2018) 1.1MB

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TOPIC: Criminal Justice Agency Practices

Prosecutors, Reentry, and Public Safety (2019) 419KB
(See also Institute for Innovation in Prosecution)

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TOPIC: Juvenile Justice

Are Metal Detectors Effective at Making Schools Safer? (2019) 450KB
(See also at WestEd, Five Misconceptions about School Safety and What Do We Know About the Effects of School-Based Law Enforcement on School Safety?)

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TOPIC: General Criminal Justice

Transforming the U.S. Justice System (2019) 5.4MB
(See also, the Transforming the U.S. Justice System Factsheet)

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TOPIC: Substance Abuse Issues

Spotlight on Colorado: Best Practices and Next Steps in the Opioid Epidemic (2019) 2.0MB

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TOPIC: Criminal Justice Agency Practices

21 Principles for the 21 Century Prosecutor (2018) 2.7MB

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TOPIC: Juvenile Justice

Transforming Juvenile Justice Systems to Improve Public Safety and Youth Outcomes (2018) 345KB
(See also,Overview of the Evidence-Based Decision-Making Platform and Recent Demonstration Projects (2018) and Juvenile Justice System Improvement: Implementing an Evidence-Based Decision-Making Platform (2017))

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TOPIC: Re-entry

Investing Justice Resources to Address Community Needs: Lessons Learned from Colorado's Work and Gain Education and Employment Skills (WAGEES) Program (2018) 560KB
(Key WAGEES Partners:CO Dept. of Corrections CO Criminal Justice Reform Coalition Latino Coalition for Community Leadership, and the WAGEES Community Programs)

TOPIC: Commission Related
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Best Practices in Bond Setting: Colorado's New Pretrial Bail Law (2013) 686K
(See also, The Center for Legal and Evidence-Based Practices and The Colorado Association of Pretrial Services.)

pdf icon Pretrial Performance Measurement: A Colorado Example of Going from the Ideal to Everyday Practice (2013) 317K
(See also, The Pre-Trial Justice Institute.)
pdf icon Evidence-Based Practices Implementation for Capacity [Elements of Change Newsletter] (2012) 1.4MB
(See also,The EPIC Resource Center.)
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Unsettling the discourse of punishment? Competing narratives of reentry and the possibilities for change (2012)
(Link to Sage Journals)

TOPIC: General Criminal Justice
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pdf icon Transforming the U.S. Justice System (2019) 5.4MB
(See also, the Transforming the U.S. Justice System Factsheet)
pdf icon The Punishment Rate (2016) 22KB
pdf icon Five Things about Deterrence (2016) 160K
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Lessons from the States: Reducing Recidivism and Curbing Costs Through Justice Reinvestment (2012) 1.2MB
(See also, Justice Reinvestment at the Council of State Governments Justice Center.)

pdf icon To Build a Better Criminal Justice System: 25 Experts Envision the Next Years of Reform (2012) 906K
(See also, The Sentencing Project.)
pdf icon Smart on Crime Recommendations for the Administration and Congress (2011) 2.8MB
pdf icon CCJJ Drug Policy Task Force Fact Sheet (2011) 342K
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"Setting"

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"Rethinking"
The Continuing Fiscal Crisis in Corrections: Setting a New Course (2010) 342K

The Fiscal Crisis in Corrections: Rethinking Policies and Practices (2009) 342K
(See also, the VERA Institute of Justice.)
pdf icon Crime and Justice in Colorado (2008) 4.7MB
(Previous
Crime and Justice in Colorado reports may be found at the Division of Criminal Justice,Office of Research and Statistics:Reports & Documents.)
pdf icon One in 100: Behind Bars in America (2008) 635K
(See also, The Pew Public Safety Performance Project.)
pdf icon Overview of the Colorado Adult Criminal Justice System: Sentencing, Adult Offender Population, Crime & Criminal Histories, DOC Facilities, Population, & Funding, and Parole (2007) 1.3MB
TOPIC: Juvenile Justice
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pdf icon Are Metal Detectors Effective at Making Schools Safer? (2019) 450KB
(See also at WestEdFive Misconceptions about School Safety and What Do We Know About the Effects of School-Based Law Enforcement on School Safety?)
pdf icon Transforming Juvenile Justice Systems to Improve Public Safety and Youth Outcomes (2018)3 45KB
(See also,Overview of the Evidence-Based Decision-Making Platform and Recent Demonstration Projects (2018) and Juvenile Justice System Improvement: Implementing an Evidence-Based Decision-Making Platform (2017))
pdf icon Racial Disparities in Youth Commitments and Arrests (2016) 7.4MB
pdf icon Trends in Juvenile Justice State Legislation: 2011-2015 (2015) 5.2MB
(See also, the National Conference of State Legislatures and additional juvenile justice resources.)
pdf icon Reforming Juvenile Justice: A Developmental Approach (2013) 7MB
(See also, the
National Research Council's Committee on Law and Justice.)
pdf icon Trends in Juvenile Justice State Legislation: 2001-2011 (2012) 4.3MB
(See also, the National Conference of State Legislatures and additional juvenile justice resources.)
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Juvenile Delinquency Guidelines: Improving Court Practice in Juvenile Delinquency Cases (2005) 10.5MB
(See also, the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges and additional juvenile justice publications.)

TOPIC: Criminal Justice Agency Practices
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pdf icon Addressing Trauma and Victimization in Women's Prisons- Executive Summary (2020) 322KB
(See also Urban Institute)
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Exploring the Increase in CO District Court Filing (2013-2018) 1.1MB

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Prosecutors, Reentry, and Public Safety (2019) 419KB
(See also Institute for Innovation in Prosecution)

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21 Practices for the 21 Century Prosecutor (2018) 2.7MB

pdf icon Evidence-Based Pre-Trial Release (COSCA 2012-2013 Policy Paper) (2012) 480K
(See also, the Conference of State Court Administrators.)
pdf icon Improving Outcomes for People with Mental Illnesses under Community Supervision: A Guide to Research-Informed Policy and Practice (2009) 638K
(See also, the Council of State Governments Justice Center.)
pdf icon Exploring the Black Box of Community Supervision (2008) 112K
pdf icon Employ Behavioral Contracting for "Earned Discharge" Parole (2007) 44K
pdf icon CCJJ: Evidence Based Correctional Practices (2007) 116K
pdf icon Caseload Standards for Probation and Parole (2006) 41K
pdf icon Evidence-Based Adult Corrections Programs: What Works and What Does Not (2006) 171K
(See also, the Washington State Institute for Public Policy.)
TOPIC: Sentencing
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pdf icon Arming the Courts with Research: 10 Evidence-Based Sentencing Initiatives to Control Crime and Reduce Costs (2009) 1.1MB
pdf icon Correctional and Sentencing Reform for Drug Offenders: Research Findings on Selected Key Issues (2009) 962K
pdf icon Evidence-Based Judicial Discretion: Promoting Public Safety Through State Sentencing Reform (2008) 133K
pdf icon Evidence-Based Practice to Reduce Recidivism: Implications for State Judiciaries (2007) 618K
TOPIC: Prison Population
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pdf icon COLORADO PROJECTIONS:
Correctional Population Forecasts (January 2018) 
1.8MB
(Adult and juvenile projections for previous years may be found at the Division of Criminal Justice,Office of Research and Statistics:Population Projections.)
pdf icon Unlocking America: Why and How to Reduce America's Prison Population (2007) 4.5MB
TOPIC: Re-Entry
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Investing Justice Resources to Address Community Needs: Lessons Learned from Colorado's Work and Gain Education and Employment Skills (WAGEES) Program(2018) 560KB
(Key WAGEES Partners: CO Dept. of Corrections, CO Criminal Justice Reform Coalition, Latino Coalition for Community Leadership, and the WAGEES Community Programs)

link icon Collateral Consequences Resource Center
("...is a non-profit organization established in 2014 to promote public discussion of the collateral consequences of conviction [and] the legal restrictions and social stigma that burden people with a criminal record long after their court-imposed sentence has been served.")
link icon Collateral Consequences of Conviction Project
(Website of the American Bar Association: Criminal Justice Section and the National Institute of Justice. See also, the Project Description.)
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2009

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2004
2004 and 2009 Report Cards: Colorado (2004, 31K) (2009, 15K)

After Prison: Roadblocks to Reentry - A Report on State Legal Barriers Facing People with Criminal Records
(See also,After Prison: Roadblocks to Re-entry at the Legal Action Center)
pdf icon Homelessness and Parole:A Survey of Denver's Shelters (2009) 272K
(See also, the Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition.)
pdf icon Repaying Debts (2007) 924K
(See also, the Council of State Governments Justice Center.)
pdf icon The Piton Perspective Newsletter: Study Portrays Struggles People Face after Prison (Spring 2007) 924K
(See also, the The Piton Foundation.)
TOPIC: Recidivism Reduction
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link icon Recidivism Reduction Checklists (2012)
(Available at the National Reentry Resource Center of the Council of State Governments Justice Center.)
pdf icon Fact Sheet: Legal Coercion, Drug Treatment and Recidivism (2012) 313K
(Summary by the Colorado Division of Criminal Justice)
pdf icon Brief Research Summary for CCJJ Sentencing Discussions: Evidence-Based Practices to Reduce Crime by Known Offenders (2009) 225K
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Complete

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Section 3
What Works: Effective Recidivism Reduction and Risk-Focused Prevention Programs (2008)
-Complete report 
5MB
- Section 3: Method (describes the approach to identify "what works") 177K
pdf icon Evidence-Based Practice to Reduce Recidivism: Implication for State Judiciaries (2007) 618K
(See also, the National Center for State Courts.)
TOPIC: Disproportionate Minority Contact
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pdf icon Racial Disparities in Youth Commitments and Arrests (2016) 7.4MB
pdf icon Reducing Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Jails- Recommendations for Local Practice (2015) 400KB
(See also, the Brennan Center for Justice.)
pdf icon A Prosecutor's Guide for Advancing Racial Equity (2014) 1.6MB
pdf icon Criminal Justice in the 21st Century: Eliminating Racial and Ethnic Disparities in the Criminal Justice System (2013) 3.3MB
pdf icon Minority Overrepresentation in Colorado's Criminal Justice System (2010) 6.5MB
link icon For additional readings and information on this topic, please see "DMC /MOR Resources" on the CCJJ Disproportionate Minority Contact page.
TOPIC: Substance Abuse Issues
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pdf icon Spotlight on Colorado: Best Practices and Next Steps in the Opioid Epidemic (2019) 2.0MB
pdf icon Fact Sheet: 911 Good Samaritan Law (2018) 125K (See also, Related Resources 325K).
(Documents compiled by the Colorado Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice.)
pdf icon The Unprecedented Opioid Epidemic (2017) 5.5MB
pdf icon Fact Sheet: Legal Coercion, Drug Treatment and Recidivism (2012) 313K
(Summary by the Colorado Division of Criminal Justice)
pdf icon Treatment Funding White Paper (2010) 2.1MB