OSPD SMART Act and Rule 25 Presentation
COMMITTEE ON JOINT JUDICIARY
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09:56 AM -- OSPD SMART Act and Rule 25 Presentation
Mr. Doug Wilson, State Public Defender, and Ms. Carmen Spond, Senior Budget Analyst, appeared before the committee on behalf of the Office of the State Public Defender (OSPD) pursuant to the SMART Government Act and legislative Joint Rule 25. Committee members received a presentation packet, prepared by OSPD Staff (Attachment B). Mr. Wilson provided an overview of the office and its mission and duties, as well as the office's budget.
Mr. Wilson responded to questions regarding the OSPD's caseload, and recently adopted legislation that impacts it. Mr. Wilson responded to further questions regarding recently adopted legislation concerning mental health holds. Discussion returned to the OSPD's caseload. Mr. Wilson responded to questions regarding recently adopted legislation concerning the hiring of social workers by OSPD for juvenile cases, and potential cost savings as a result of the legislation.
Discussion returned to OSPD's caseload, particularly as impacted by certain court decisions, and the resulting budget ramifications. Discussion next returned to the provision of social workers to the OSPD. Discussion followed regarding parity between deputy district attorney and public defender salaries.
Mr. Wilson responded to questions regarding the use of plea bargains to avoid trial, and certain inputs that affect this issue, such as mandatory minimum sentences and the complexity of Colorado's sentencing scheme.