Senator Lee called the meeting to order.
Senator Moreno presented the Joint Budget Committee (JBC) Budget Staff Summary and walked the committee through the major highlights of agencies under its purview (the summary may be accessed here: https://leg.colorado.gov/publications/fy-2019-20-staff-budget-briefing-summary). He introduced other members of the JBC, including Senators Zenzinger and Rankin and Representatives Esgar and Ransom.
Senator Moreno began the briefing with the Department of Corrections (DOC) budget request. He discussed the high vacancy rate and correctional officer retention issues. He noted the particular problem of losing officers to other entities that offer better pay and benefits. The committee discussed prison capacity, technical parole violations, and the costs of incarceration.
Senator Moreno continued with the briefing. He noted that targets set for Community Corrections and intensive supervision are not being met. He discussed successes with the re-entry program. The committee discussed prison population projections, as well as the turnover and vacancy rates and salaries of correctional staff.