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Bill Detail: HB24-1101

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Title Empower Victims through Access Restorative Justice
Status House Committee on Judiciary Postpone Indefinitely (04/02/2024)
Bill Subjects
  • Courts & Judicial
  • Crimes, Corrections, & Enforcement
House Sponsors M. Snyder (D)
J. Mabrey (D)
Senate Sponsors
House Committee Judiciary
Senate Committee
Date Introduced 01/25/2024

The bill makes changes to increase access to restorative justice
practices (restorative justice) in Colorado, specifically by:
  • Creating a victim-survivor right to participate in restorative
justice in the criminal and juvenile justice systems;
  • Requiring that victim-survivors be informed of their
statutory right to restorative justice and how to exercise it;
  • Creating a victim-survivor right to request restorative
justice as an alternative to, or in addition to, prosecution;
  • Establishing the victim-survivor's right to accept or decline
participation in restorative justice, and the right to change
that decision, at any stage in the proceedings;
  • Creating a victim-survivor right to restorative justice with
trained facilitators who adhere to the Colorado restorative
justice coordinating council's code of conduct and
standards of training and practice, as amended;
  • Requiring that, in cases of domestic violence or unlawful
sexual behavior, when a victim-survivor requests
restorative justice, the victim-survivor has a right to
restorative justice with a facilitator who has specialized
training and experience to address the issues specific to
those cases;
  • Requiring that participation in restorative justice by a
responsible party is voluntary;
  • Mandating that restorative justice is confidential and
information obtained through a restorative justice practice
must not be disclosed by any party to the practice without
the agreement of all parties involved;
  • Requiring the state restorative justice coordinating council
to develop, on or before August 30, 2024, 2 standardized
forms to advise victim-survivors of their right to restorative
justice in criminal and juvenile cases and a confidentiality
agreement to use in restorative justice;
  • Clarifying that the legal authority of a prosecutor to make
decisions about prosecution is preserved;
  • Creating a funding source for restorative justice through
the offender services fund;
  • Eliminating language in statute that prohibits the use of
restorative justice in cases involving domestic partner
violence, protective orders, stalking, and unlawful sexual
  • Requiring the department of corrections to accommodate
victim-survivor requests for victim-offender dialogues;
maintain an accountability letter bank for inmates to send
letters of accountability, apology, or remorse to
victim-survivors; inform victim-survivors of the
availability of such letters; and adopt policies requiring
adherence to the principles of victim empowerment; and
  • Eliminating outdated language related to fees for
restorative justice in multiple statutes.

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