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HB 1180: Criminal Sentencing to Reduce Recidivism

Bill Number: HB11 1180
Year: 2011
ACLU Position: Active Support
Sponsors: Levy


Current law describes four purposes of the Colorado Criminal Code. The bill adds a fifth purpose: To help courts select for each convicted offender a sentence alternative, sentence length, and level of supervision that addresses the offender's individual characteristics and reduces the potential that the offender will engage in criminal conduct after completing his or her sentence.

The bill requires each presentence report submitted by a probation officer to a court to include the results of an actuarial risk-needs assessment that provides the court with sufficient information to make certain determinations concerning the appropriate sentence to impose upon the offender. The report shall also inform the court regarding available and suitable community corrections programs that the court may wish to use in sentencing the offender.

Before sentencing an offender, other than a class 1 felony offender, to a period of incarceration, the court shall determine that incarceration of the offender is consistent with the results of the risk-needs assessment and that none of the available alternatives to incarceration will satisfy the statutory purposes of sentencing.

Current Status:

02/03/2011 Introduced In House - Assigned to Judiciary
02/24/2011 House Committee on Judiciary Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
03/01/2011 House Second Reading Laid Over Daily
03/02/2011 House Second Reading Passed with Amendments
03/03/2011 House Third Reading Laid Over Daily

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