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SB18-274: Implement Prison Utilization Studies

Criminal Legal Reform
Bill Number: SB18-274
Year: 2018
ACLU Position: Oppose
Sponsors: A. Benavidez /J. Wilson /K. Lambert/ D. Moreno


he bill states that the general assembly intends that the
department of corrections (department) shall close excess facilities, as
prioritized by a 2013 prison utilization study, when prison population

projections indicate excess capacity within correctional facilities.
The bill states that on or before June 30, 2019, and thereafter, the
department shall operate the Centennial south campus of the Centennial
correctional facility to:
• Administer a diagnostic program;
• Administer a reentry program;
• Provide support and other services to the department; and
• Use the remaining capacity of the campus to house inmates,
as appropriate.
Current law prohibits the department from operating the
Centennial south campus for the purpose of housing inmates in housing
units. The bill removes this prohibition and appropriates money to make
physical modifications at the Centennial south campus to comply with
legal requirements for housing inmates.
The bill renames the facility formerly referred to as the Denver
reception and diagnostic center as the Denver correctional facility and
requires the Denver correctional facility to administer a residential
treatment program that provides mental health treatment services to
inmates. The department shall also utilize the Denver correctional facility
to house inmates with physical, cognitive, and medical conditions that
require long-term treatment.
The bill states that on and after July 1, 2019, subject to available
appropriations, the Centennial north campus shall serve as a
transportation unit for the department and as a support facility for the
Centennial correctional facility.
The bill requires the department to include certain information in
its annual State Measurement for Accountable, Responsive, and
Transparent (SMART) Government Act report to the committees of
reference through 2023.

Current Status:

House Committee on Judiciary Postpone Indefinitely (05/08/2018)
Senate Third Reading Passed with Amendments - Floor (05/04/2018)

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