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3534748351D1855E87258272006B92E5 Hearing Summary


Date Apr 17, 2018      
Location SCR 354

SB18-238 - Amended, referred to the Committee of the Whole

01:35:00 PM  
Senator Crowder presented Senate Bill 18-238 to the committee. This bill makes several changes to statutes concerning labor of persons in county jails.

Under current law and with some exceptions, offenders sentenced to county jail are required to work eight hours per working day while in jail. When no work is available inside the jail, the sheriff must compel prisoners to work on the public roads, highways, or streets of that county or city and county. This bill specifies that work outside of the jail may include work performed on any public property.

At the sole discretion of the sheriff, any person confined in county jail, who has not been convicted and sentenced, may volunteer to work while confined in the county jail in the same manner as offenders sentenced to jail.

Under current law, the county or city and county is required to pay for additional security costs related to work outside of the jail. This bill clarifies that this reimbursement may include costs associated with work on any public property and is subject to available funds.

Inmates who work inside or outside of the jail must be compensated by the county or city and county for their work. This compensation must be deposited into the inmate's jail account. The rate for this compensation is to be similar to offender pay rates established for the same or similar work performed by an inmate in the Department of Corrections (DOC).

01:41:42 PM  
Jack Regenbogen, representing the Colorado Center on Law & Policy, testified against the bill.
01:42:15 PM  
Gigi Dennis, representing Alamosa County, testified in support of the bill.
01:59:19 PM  
Jason Kelly, representing Alamosa County, testified in support of the bill.
02:01:44 PM  
Brandy DeLange, representing Colorado Counties Incorporated, testified in support of the bill.
02:03:14 PM  
Carrie Thompson, representing the Colorado Criminal Defense Bar, testified against the bill.
02:16:06 PM  
Mr. Kelly returned to answer committee members' questions.
02:16:43 PM  
Conrad Imel, representing the Office of Legislative Legal Services, responded to committee members' questions.
02:26:19 PM  
Senator Crowder distributed Amendment L.001 [Attachment A] and responded to committee members' questions about the amendment.

02:29:22 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.001
Moved Crowder
Martinez Humenik
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection
02:29:36 PM  
Senator Crowder wrapped up his presentation to the committee.

02:30:30 PM
Motion Refer Senate Bill 18-238, as amended, to the Committee of the Whole.
Moved Crowder
Crowder Yes
Donovan No
Kefalas No
Gardner Yes
Martinez Humenik Yes
Final YES: 3   NO: 2   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS

The effective date for bills enacted without a safety clause is August 7, 2024, if the General Assembly adjourns sine die on May 8, 2024, unless otherwise specified. Details