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HB18-1251: Community Corrections Transition Placements

Criminal Legal Reform
Bill Number: HB18-1251
Year: 2018
ACLU Position: Support
Sponsors: P. Lee/C. Wist


The bill requires the state board of parole to submit a list of
offenders for community corrections transition placement referrals to the
department of corrections staff. The staff shall inform the board when the
referral is made or the reason for not making the referral. If an offender
completes a community corrections program, the board shall schedule a
parole release hearing and, if the decision is to deny parole, the majority
of the full board is required to deny parole at that hearing.
The bill requires community corrections boards to develop and use
a structured, research-based decision-making process that combines
professional judgment and actuarial risk and needs assessment tools. If a
community corrections board denies a transition offender a community
corrections transition placement, the board shall electronically inform the
department of corrections regarding the basis for the denial, suggestions
for program completion, and a suggested subsequent referral timeline.

The bill specifies the information that must be included in a
community corrections transition placement referral or subsequent
referral packet. Current law gives the jurisdiction where a community
corrections transition placement intends to parole first right of refusal.
The bill eliminates the first right of refusal if attempting to place the
transition offender into a specialized community corrections program or
if the offender requests a placement in a different jurisdiction. The bill
requires the subsequent referral of an offender for community corrections
transition placement within 6 to 12 months of the offender’s denial if the
offender has not had a class I code of penal discipline violation in the
previous year; the offender does not have consecutive misdemeanor
sentences to serve; and the offender does not have a pending immigration
detainer, pending felony charges, or an extraditable warrant.
The division of criminal justice is required to provide community
corrections training to department of corrections staff and community
corrections boards. The division shall produce a report describing key
community corrections data trends.

Current Status:

Governor Signed (05/29/2018)
Sent to the Governor (05/15/2018)
Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments (05/04/2018)
House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments (04/20/2018)
House Committee on Judiciary Refer Amended to Appropriations (03/29/2018)
House Committee on Judiciary Lay Over Amended (03/22/2018)
Introduced In House - Assigned to Judiciary (02/21/2018)

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