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Bill Detail: HB24-1054

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Title Jail Standards Commission Recommendations
Status House Committee on Judiciary Refer Amended to Appropriations (01/23/2024)
Bill Subjects
  • Crimes, Corrections, & Enforcement
House Sponsors J. Amabile (D)
L. Garcia (D)
Senate Sponsors R. Fields (D)
J. Coleman (D)
House Committee Judiciary
Senate Committee
Date Introduced 01/10/2024
Summary

Legislative Oversight Committee Concerning Colorado Jail
Standards. There is currently a jail standards oversight committee and
commission (oversight committee and commission) tasked with
developing jail standards in Colorado. The oversight committee and
commission are set to repeal on July 1, 2024. The bill repeals the
commission and extends the oversight committee until September 1,
2033. Each county jail shall comply with the standards adopted by the
oversight committee beginning July 1, 2026. The oversight committee
shall post the standards on its website. If the oversight committee revises
a jail standard, each county jail shall comply with the revised standard no
later than one year after the revision is adopted, or earlier if specified by
the oversight committee when adopting the revision.
The bill creates a jail standards advisory committee (advisory
committee). The advisory committee consists of:
  • 2 sheriffs appointed by a statewide organization
representing the county sheriffs of Colorado;
  • 2 county commissioners appointed by Colorado counties,
incorporated;
  • The state public defender or the state public defender's
designee;
  • One physical or behavioral health professional with
experience working in a jail appointed by the oversight
committee; and
  • One person representing a statewide organization that
advocates on behalf of people experiencing incarceration
appointed by the oversight committee.
The duties of the advisory committee include, but are not limited
to:
  • Utilize peer assessors selected by the advisory committee
to perform assessments of a jail's physical facilities and its
written policies and procedures to assess compliance with
jail standards;
  • Provide the oversight committee with recommendations for
revising jail standards and ways to address jail needs
necessary to comply with jail standards; and
  • Provide the oversight committee with recommendations to
address jail needs necessary to comply with jail standards.
The advisory committee may also establish a process to grant variances
from the jail standards to local jails.
The bill creates the jail standards advisory committee cash fund to
fund the activities of the advisory committee.
The bill requires the attorney general to conduct assessments of
jails, in conjunction with the advisory committee, for compliance with jail
standards. The attorney general may also conduct an independent special
assessment of a jail when requested by the governor, the oversight
committee, or a sheriff. The attorney general shall prepare a report of
each special assessment.
The advisory committee shall annually submit a report to the
oversight committee.
The bill requires the division of criminal justice in the department
of public safety to create a list of funding assistance available to jails to
offset the costs of compliance with the jail standards.
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