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HB14-1355: Reentry Programs For Adult Parolees

Criminal Justice
Bill Number: HB14-1355
Year: 2014
ACLU Position: Support
Sponsors: Kagan, Gardner/Guzman, King

Description:

On and after July 1, 2014, the department of corrections (department) shall develop and implement initiatives specifically designed to decrease recidivism, enhance public safety, and increase each offender’s chances of achieving success upon his or her release to the
community.

Subject to appropriations, on and after July 1, 2014, the department
shall:
• Develop and implement initiatives specifically designed to assist offenders in a correctional facility to prepare for release to the community;
• Develop and implement initiatives specifically designed to assist each offender’s transition from a correctional facility into the community; and
• Make necessary operational enhancements and develop and implement initiatives specifically designed to ensure that the department has the proper equipment, training, and
programs to properly supervise offenders in the community to enhance public safety.

On and after January 1, 2015, the department shall develop and implement a grant program to provide funding to eligible community-based organizations that provide reentry services to offenders in the community. On or before January 1, 2015, the executive director shall develop policies for the administration of the grant program.

The grant program is repealed, effective September 1, 2018. Before such repeal, the department of regulatory agencies shall conduct a sunset review of the grant program.

On and after January 1, 2016, during its annual presentation before the joint judiciary committee of the general assembly, or any successor joint committee, the department shall include a status report regarding the progress and outcomes of reentry planning and program initiatives developed and implemented by the department during the preceding year.


Current Status:

05/05/2014 - Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
04/28/2014 - Senate Committee on Judiciary Refer Unamended to Appropriations
04/21/2014 - Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Judiciary
04/17/2014 - House Second Reading Special Order - Passed - No Amendments
04/03/2014 - Introduced In House - Assigned to Judiciary + Appropriations



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