The committee returned to order. Representatives Herod and Soper, prime sponsor, presented House Bill 19-1226, concerning changes to releases on bond, and, in connection therewith, the development of a pretrial screening process and administrative order for release without any monetary conditions; creating a presumption of release with the least restrictive conditions and without monetary conditions; specifying the information the court considers when making determinations about type of bond and conditions of release; and a requirement for pretrial services programs throughout the state. Representative Soper explained the effect of the bill and discussed its need. The following persons testified regarding the bill:
Ms. Maureen Cain, representing the Office of the State Public Defender, testified in support of the bill. Ms. Cain discussed the work of the Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice (CCJJ) on the bill, and explained the benefit of certain provisions of the bill.
Mr. Tim Lane, representing the Colorado District Attorneys' Council, testified in support of the bill. Mr. Lane discussed the process by which the bill was crafted, and the merits of the bill's provisions.
Mr. Bo Zeerip, representing the Twenty-first Judicial District, testified in support of the bill. Ms. Cain responded to questions regarding pretrial risk assessment tools. Mr. Zeerip provided input on this issue. Discussion ensued regarding certain constitutional issues and non-bailable offenses. Discussion followed regarding the fiscal impact of the bill, and domestic violence offenses.