Senator Lee explained SB19-143, concerning changes related to parole release to alleviate prison population issues. He explained that the bill is one in a series of actions being taken to manage the prison population.
Dean Williams, Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Corrections (DOC), provided testimony about the bill. He discussed prison vacancy rates and noted that county jails are filling up with offenders waiting to get a spot in prison. He further discussed recidivism and parole technical violations. He answered questions from the committee about parole criteria and risk assessments. Discussion followed about statutory requirements for prison fencing and walls and other security measures.