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SB20-060 Criminal Justice System Operational Processes Study


SB20-060 Criminal Justice System Operational Processes Study (Gonzales (D), Rodriguez (D)) [Gonzales-Gutierrez (D)]

From the Prison Population Management Interim Study Committee

Appropriation: None
Fiscal Impact: $1.05 million over 2 years required to complete study

Goal: Study how people move through the criminal justice system in its entirety and how data is collected and shared through the process.


Requires the department of corrections to conduct a study to examine how individuals proceed through the various stages of criminal proceedings, with emphasis on the data being collected and shared across agencies. Study is to look for best practices implemented in Colorado and other states for creating more efficient operational and technological systems and procedures. State is to contract with an entity to assist in conducting the study, gathering information, analyzing the data, and producing a report. Department must submit a report to the legislature by the end of the year.

Additional Information:

Study must look at:

  • Analysis of the modern information system technologies and design principles used in the various stages of criminal proceedings including service-oriented architecture used and integrated databases and data services used
  • Organizational matrix of processes, personnel structures, and technology structures used in various stages of criminal proceedings
  • Diagram of criminal proceedings, including details on the options available to people at various stages of criminal proceedings
  • Analysis of model-based systems engineering used in criminal proceedings that illustrate existing organizational relationships, information systems, processes and analyze these for inefficiencies

Auto-Repeal: July 2021

Arguments For:

Different pieces of the criminal justice system collect and interpret data in different ways. We need a better understanding of how people move through the criminal justice system and the ways in which various elements interact with these people so we can understand what needs to be fixed. Different agencies are clearly not communicating with each other and we actually don’t know the full depths of how much information is being collected but then not tracked and shared through the entire process. This study will enable us to understand the entire issue and understand where we can improve the process and analyzing anything this complex requires expertise.

Arguments Against:

It seems like a bit of overkill to bring in an outside consultant rather than simply bringing these various departments together via a task force style group that is not paid. We can get a similar deep dive into the process without hiring an outside expert.

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