The Coalition is comprised of owners/directors of community corrections programs throughout the state.  The mission of this group is to provide opportunities for Community Corrections professionals to collaborate, learn from each other, and provide expertise to those in the criminal justice arena seeking better insight into Community Correction services. Through these practices, the Coalition strives to support its members in their efforts to serve their communities by enhancing public safety, delivering effective correctional treatment, and utilizing best practices in the field.


DCJ is one of four divisions within the Colorado Department of Public Safety (CDPS). The Colorado General Assembly, in establishing DCJ, declared that “its purpose is to improve all areas of the administration of criminal justice in Colorado both immediately and in the long term.” The mission of DCJ is to improve the public safety of the community, the quality of services to crime victims and the effectiveness of services to offenders.  This is accomplished through analyzing policy, conducting criminal justice research, managing programs and administering grants. Within DCJ, the office of Community Corrections is the entity that contracts with community corrections boards, provides oversight to contracts and programs, collects, analyzes and reports on data regarding community corrections programs and client outcomes, and offers training in evidence-based practices to service providers and board members.


The mission of the Colorado Department of Corrections (DOC) is to protect the public through efficient and effective management of offenders by holding offender accountable and engaging them in opportunities to make positive behavioral changes and become law-abiding, productive citizens. DOC is the agency that manages and runs the state’s incarceration facilities and is also responsible for the safe supervision of offenders in appropriate community placements. Community Corrections works closely with the DOC in the transfer of offenders to community placements.


The Colorado Judicial Branch joins the legislative and executive branches to form the government for the state of Colorado. The Judicial Branch is charged with two responsibilities: resolving disputes and supervising offenders on probation.  Some probationers are placed in community correction facilities as a condition of probation, or may be sentenced to community corrections upon failure at probation supervision.


The Colorado Board of Parole is comprised of seven members appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Senate.  Current members are Chairman Dr. Anthony Young, citizen member, Colorado Springs; Brandon Shaffer, citizen member, Longmont; Vice Chair, Alfredo Pena, citizen member, Denver; Rebecca Oakes, citizen member, Denver; Joe Martin Morales, law enforcement, Silverthorne; John O’Dell, law enforcement, Loveland; and Denise Balazic, probation or parole, Aurora.  The Board is charged with screening offenders in prison who are parole-eligible and determining their readiness for placement in the community on parole or in a community corrections facility.


The Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition (CCJRC) is a non-profit organization that was formed to halt the exponential growth in the state prison population. CCJRC believes that we are currently overusing incarceration and that a comprehensive reevaluation of current criminal justice policy is necessary. We advocate for the expansion of funding for treatment, alternatives to incarceration, and reintegration services to people leaving prison. We also unconditionally oppose the use of for-profit prisons in Colorado.


The Colorado Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice (“CCJJ”) was created by House Bill 2007-1358 with specific mandates for the Commission.  The “CCJJ” was re-authorized during the 2013 legislative session by Senate Bill 2013-007.
In addition, there are other bills signed into law with specific mandates for the Commission and there are other requests and directives from the Executive and/or Legislative Branches for action by the Commission. The mission of the commission is to enhance public safety, to ensure justice, and to ensure protection of the rights of victims through the cost-effective use of public resources. The work of the commission will focus on evidence-based recidivism reduction initiatives and the cost-effective expenditure of limited criminal justice funds.  In April, 2013, the CCJJ appointed  the Community Corrections Task Force to conduct a thorough analysis of the structure and functions of community corrections in Colorado. Members of the task force represent and collaborate with relevant groups and stakeholders. Membership and other information about the Commission and Task Force can be linked to through


The Governor’s Community Corrections Advisory Council was established by Executive Order of Governor Lamm on December 24, 1986. The Council was created to advise and assist the Division of Criminal Justice in analyzing and identifying problems or needs, recommend policy modifications or procedural changes, develop strategies and serve as a forum to address issues in community corrections. Membership of the Council represents various units of government and private interests. Members are appointed by, and serve at the pleasure of, the Governor and receive no compensation for their participation.