Location: RM 271
ABA House of Delegates Resolution 2017 10B on Mandatory Minimums
SENTENCING IN THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM
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11:30 AM -- ABA House of Delegates Resolution 2017 10B on Mandatory Minimums
Mr. Charles Garcia, American Bar Association (ABA), walked the committee through ABA House of Delegates Resolution 2017 10B, which concerns opposition to mandatory minimum sentences. Committee members received copies of the resolution and the associated report (Attachment C). Mr. Garcia began by discussing the process by which the ABA adopts resolutions, and then read the resolution. He discussed the reasons why the ABA objects to mandatory minimum sentencing laws, and the loss of judicial discretion by the imposition of mandatory minimum sentences. Mr. Garcia responded to questions regarding legislation recommendations the Colorado Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice (CCJJ), which sought to reduce or eliminate extraordinary risk crime statutes.
Mr. Garcia clarified earlier remarks about the CCJJ recommendations, and the status of these recommendations. Discussion ensued regarding the process by which CCJJ adopted these recommendations.