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Bill Detail: HB22-1063

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Title Jail Standards Commission
Status Governor Signed (06/07/2022)
Bill Subjects
  • Crimes, Corrections, & Enforcement
House Sponsors A. Benavidez (D)
J. Amabile (D)
Senate Sponsors J. Cooke (R)
J. Coleman (D)
House Committee Judiciary
Senate Committee Judiciary
Date Introduced 01/14/2022

The bill creates the Colorado jail standards commission
(commission) in the department of public safety. The commission creates
standards for the operation of Colorado's county jails (jails) and updates
the standards as necessary. The commission consists of the following 20
  • 5 sheriffs or senior jail administrators;

  • 2 county commissioners;
  • 3 people with lived experience of being incarcerated or
having a family member who is or was incarcerated in a
  • One mental health professional with experience working in
a jail;
  • One health professional with experience working in a jail;
  • One person representing a lesbian, gay, bisexual,
transgender, or queer advocacy organization;
  • One person representing an organization advocating for the
rights of people with disabilities;
  • One person representing an organization advocating for the
rights of communities of color;
  • One person representing an organization advocating for the
rights of persons with mental or physical disabilities;
  • One non-law-enforcement person with experience working
in a jail, appointed by the executive director of the
department of public safety;
  • The state public defender or the state public defender's
  • One district attorney, appointed by the Colorado district
attorneys' council; and
  • One person representing the department of public safety
with expertise in jail operations.
The commission shall develop standards for all aspects of jail
operations as follows:
  • Reception and release;
  • Classification of inmates;
  • Security;
  • Housing;
  • Sanitation and environmental conditions;
  • Communication;
  • Visitation;
  • Health care, mental and behavioral health care, and dental
  • Food service;
  • Recreation and programming;
  • Inmate disciplinary processes;
  • Restrictive housing;
  • Inmate grievances;
  • Staffing; and
  • Inmates' prerogatives.
The commission shall establish standards regarding oversight of
the standards; compliance with the standards, including a requirement for
a biennial compliance inspection of each jail; a complaint process and
investigation process; and possible sanctions for noncompliance with or
violations of the standards. The department of public safety shall
promulgate rules adopting the standards and possible sanctions.
The department of public safety shall provide oversight of the
implementation of the standards. The commission shall evaluate the
effectiveness of the standards after implementation and make any needed
changes to the standards.
The bill sunsets the commission on September 1, 2029.

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