BILL SUMMARY for SB09-135
SENATE COMMITTEE ON JUDICIARY
|Adopt prepared amendment L.001 (Attachment G). Th
Amend Senate Bill 09-135, page 2, line 14, after "
Refer Senate Bill 09-135, as amended, to the Commi
|Pass Without Objection
Pass Without Objection
03:44 PM -- Senate Bill 09-135
Senator Penry, bill sponsor, explained that Senate Bill 09-135 is a result of an audit from 2008 concerning discretionary parole releases approved by the Parole Board. He distributed a copy of the audit (Attachment F). Senator Penry also discussed an amendment (Attachment G).
03:48 PM -- Christie Donner, representing the Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition, spoke in support of the bill. She discussed the current gaps in data concerning parole board decisions, and she believes that this bill will be helpful in ensuring that better data are available.
03:50 PM -- Maureen Cain, representing the Colorado Criminal Defense Bar, spoke in support of the bill. She discussed the importance of being able to use data to help inform parole board decisions.
03:52 PM -- Tom Stockburger, representing the SAS Institute, spoke in support of the bill. He distributed a handout (Attachment H). Mr. Stockburger discussed the importance of data analysis for understanding parole board decisions. He related best practices from other states concerning recidivism.
Senator Hudak asked about SAS and whether other companies do data analysis work for governments. Mr. Stockburger indicated that other companies do this work. Senator Newell asked about using data for victim notification. Senator Renfroe asked about other states and how their recidivism rates were reduced. Mr. Stockburger explained that the data can be used to determine if individuals are performing well on parole and, therefore, determine which parole officers are doing their jobs well.
Senator Hudak discussed the uses for data and how that informs decisions.
04:17 PM -- Ann Terry, representing the Department of Public Safety, spoke about the bill. She discussed the fact that Division of Criminal Justice within the Department of Public Safety will be collecting the data and analyzing that data.
04:20 PM -- Jodi Blomberg, representing the SAS Institute, spoke in support of the bill. She discussed the role of her company in states where they have been working on these issues.
Senator Carroll asked why this was not an audit committee bill. Senator Penry indicated that he thought it was a workload issue.
Senator Newell discussed the issue of victim notification.
| 04:30:35 PM
|Refer Senate Bill 09-135, as amended, to the Committee on Appropriations. The motion passed on a 6-0 roll call vote.
Final YES: 6 NO: 0 EXC: 1 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: PASS
The committee adjourned.