sentencing reform

State Sen. Bob Gardner

Colorado lawmakers pass bipartisan bill to restructure state’s misdemeanor laws for first time since 1985

BY: - June 9, 2021

Colorado state lawmakers gave their final stamp of approval on Tuesday to a bipartisan bill that will overhaul and restructure the state’s misdemeanor sentencing laws — an effort that hasn’t occurred in a comprehensive way since 1985, according to the bill sponsors. The 378-page bill eliminates duplicate misdemeanor offenses, removes ones that are rarely used […]

Stealing newspapers. Unlawfully using slugs. Defacing a cave. Colorado’s misdemeanor classifications are getting a rewrite.

BY: - March 5, 2021

A broad coalition of people involved in Colorado’s criminal justice system are in the process of doing something that hasn’t been done in a comprehensive way in decades: updating the state’s misdemeanor and felony offenses. Misdemeanor and felony classifications and their corresponding sentence lengths are a key driver of Colorado’s prison population, which increased seven-fold […]

Colorado’s prison sentencing laws are due for an overhaul. Here’s what could change.

BY: - October 13, 2020

A state task force is attempting to overhaul Colorado’s prison sentencing laws — an undertaking that hasn’t been done in a comprehensive way in decades despite two similar efforts over the last 10 years. Sentence lengths are a key driver of Colorado’s prison population, which increased seven-fold between 1980 and 2016 as a result of […]