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HB16-1117

Record Custodial Interrogations

Concerning a requirement that custodial interrogations related to investigations for certain serious felonies be electronically recorded, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.
Session:
2016 Regular Session
Subjects:
Courts & Judicial
Crimes, Corrections, & Enforcement

The act requires all law enforcement agencies to have audio-visual recording equipment available and policies and procedures in place for preserving custodial interrogations by July 1, 2017. A peace officer must record custodial interrogations occurring in a permanent detention facility if the peace officer is investigating a class 1 or 2 felony or a felony sexual assault. A peace officer does not have to record the interrogation if:
  • The defendant requests that the interrogation not be recorded and the defendant's request is preserved by electronic recording or in writing;
  • The recording equipment fails;
  • The recording equipment is unavailable, either through damage or extraordinary circumstances;
  • Exigent circumstances related to public safety prevent recording; or
  • The interrogation takes place outside of Colorado.

The court may admit evidence from a custodial interrogation that is not recorded. When offering evidence from an unrecorded interrogation, if the prosecution shows by a preponderance of the evidence that one of the exceptions apply or that the evidence is offered as rebuttal or impeachment evidence, the court may admit the evidence without a cautionary instruction. If the prosecution does not meet that burden, the court shall issue a cautionary instruction to the jury after admitting the evidence.

The act appropriates $24,700 to the department of corrections to implement the act.

This act applies to custodial interrogations conducted on or after July 1, 2017.

(Note: This summary applies to this bill as enacted.)

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