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Expansion Of Justice Crime Prevention Initiative

Concerning the expansion of the justice reinvestment crime prevention initiative, and, in connection therewith, creating a small business grant program for justice-system-involved persons and making an appropriation.
2021 Regular Session
Crimes, Corrections, & Enforcement
Bill Summary

The justice reinvestment crime prevention initiative (initiative), administered by the Colorado department of local affairs in the division of local government (department), incorporates programs that expand small business lending and provide grants aimed at reducing crime and promoting community development in certain target communities. Effective October September 1, 2021, the bill:

  • Expands the initiative to a statewide program include Grand Junction and Trinidad; and
  • Adds a small business statewide business and entrepreneurship training and grant program for formerly incarcerated justice-system-involved persons (program) to the initiative.

The bill also modifies the sunset review and repeal date for the initiative from September 1, 2023, to September 1, 2026, and makes an appropriation.The bill requires the department to work with the Colorado department of corrections and the Colorado office of economic development in developing and implementing the program. The program shall include:

  • A training program in business, finance, and entrepreneurship for formerly incarcerated persons;
  • A small business grant for formerly incarcerated persons who have completed the training program and are selected by the department through a rigorous application process; and
  • An ongoing consulting program in business, finance, and entrepreneurship for the selected grant recipients.

Selected grant recipients are eligible for the consulting program for at least one year from selection. The grants are funded from the general fund and are limited to no more than $50,000 per selected grant recipient per year.

(Note: Italicized words indicate new material added to the original summary; dashes through words indicate deletions from the original summary.)

(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)


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