Rep. Pete Lee has passed so many criminal justice bills that he keeps a list of them for his own reference. Here it is, with some tweaks:
• House Bill 1329: Changes the name of Division of Youth Corrections to Division of Youth Services, changes its purposes, establishes a pilot program based on therapeutic treatment and increases transparency and oversight of the department.
• HB 1330: States that escaping from a community corrections facility or halfway house cannot be classified as a crime triggering the habitual offenders statute.
• HB 1326: Reduces the amount of time a parolee may serve for a technical violation in some cases, and redirects the savings from this change into local crime prevention programs in north Aurora and southeast Colorado Springs.
• Senate Bill 012: Creates a juvenile standard of competency to proceed in a criminal trial.
• HB 1207: Removes the requirement that the Department of Youth Services take in 10- to 12-year-old offenders, except when they have committed a violent crime.
• HB 1071: Requires the state to refund restitution paid by people who are not convicted, or who have paid more than ordered.
• HB 1039: Expands the use of restorative justice by allowing its use in plea agreements and requires pre-sentence reports to indicate whether an offender meets minimum eligibility requirements for participation in restorative justice.
• HB1 1302: Downgrades teen sexing from a felony sex crime to a non-criminal offense, and encourages educational treatment.
• HB 1204: Provides for automatic expungement of juvenile criminal records for low- and intermediate-level crimes.
• HB 1328: Imposes strict limits on the use of solitary confinement and restraint for juveniles in correctional facilities.
• HB 1278: Expands the discretion of judges to sentence offenders to drug treatment as a term of probation if the offender has a drug problem, even if the underlying charge is not a drug offense.
• SB 116: Simplifies the process for sealing criminal records, other than convictions.
• SB 065: Reforms a number of practices surrounding criminal restitution.
• SB 164: Clarifies that a private probation provider can issue a summons and file a complaint with the court for a defendant under his or her supervision.
• HB 1094: Expands the kinds of offenses suitable for inclusion in pilot restorative justice programs and adds members to the state's Restorative Justice Coordinating Council.
• HB 1131: Increases transparency of DYC records of fights, assaults and other critical incidents that occur in a youth corrections facility by requiring release as long as the identifying information about the juvenile(s) has been redacted.
• SB 124: Provides parole officers an intermediate step, such as a short return to the county jail, for minor technical parole violations, rather than an automatic revocation of parole and return to incarceration.
• HB 1023: Adds social workers to the public defender's office to assist in defending juveniles.
• HB 1254: Establishes pilot programs in four jurisdictions to promote pre-filing diversion to restorative justice for juveniles, provides for a study of the results and permits offenders and law enforcement to initiate the process. Expands the Restorative Justice Coordinating Council.
• SB 116: Gives forensic psychologists the authority to conduct mental health evaluations, in addition to psychiatrists, to reduce the backlog of defendants awaiting competency evaluations.
• HB 1032: The first major restorative justice bill in Colorado establishes the availability of restorative justice for juveniles, adults, offenders in DOC, DYC and in schools. Should victims request it, offenders who accept responsibility for their offenses and are willing to repair the harm can meet face-to-face with victims, community members and a trained facilitator.
• HB 1203: Updates criminal record handling procedures to address new technology and records held by private entities.