Thursday, January 10, 2008

First Meeting of Criminal Justice Commission

Governor Bill Ritter's recently appointed Commission on Criminal and
Juvenile Justice convenes for the first time tomorrow, Friday, 11 JAN
12 noon-5 p.m., in Lakewood at the National Enforcement Training
12345 W. Alameda Parkway. Governor Ritter is expected to address the
27-member panel at 1 p.m.

The meeting is open to the public.

The Commission will begin working on a number of criminal justice issues
including crime prevention strategies, alternatives to incarceration,
sentencing guidelines and other matters identified by both Governor
and Commission members.

Future meetings are expected to occur monthly.

A web site is being established to provide information about the work of
the Commission and to give the public an opportunity to communicate to
Commission. The web site is not yet operational but should be functional
within the next few days.

Here is the agenda:

12:00 – 1:00 Lunch and Introductions
Presentation of Commission Interview Survey Results
Paul Herman, Senior Manager, Center for Effective Public Policy,

1:00 – 1:15 Opening Comments by Governor Bill Ritter, Jr.

1:15 – 2:15 National Perspective and Local Issues
Chris Stone, J.D., Guggenheim Professor of the Practice of Criminal
Justice, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

2:15 – 1:30 Survey Wrap-up

2:30 – 2:45 Break

2:45 – 3:30 Lessons Learned: VirginiaCriminal Sentencing
Dr. Rick Kern, Executive Director, Virginia Criminal Sentencing

3:30 – 4:00 Colorado's Prior Crime Commission
Former Senator Sally Hopper andFormer Representative Peggy Kerns,
Both members of the previous Crime Commission

4:00 – 4:45 Presenters' Panel: Questions and Answers

4:45 – 5:00 Wrap-up and Next Meeting

Members of the Commission include Golden Police Chief Bill Kilpatrick,
Arapahoe County Sheriff Grayson Robinson, Regina Huerter from the Denver
Manager of Safety's office, Mesa County D.A. Pete Hautzinger, Adams
D.A. Don Quick, Steve Siegel from the Denver D.A.'s office, Logan County
Commissioner Debra Zwirn, State Public Defender David Kaplan, attorney
Melissa Esquibel, Rhonda Fields, state Sen. Peter Groff, Reo Leslie,
Department of Public Safety Executive Director Peter A. Weir,
Department of
Corrections Executive Director Ari Zavaras, Department of Human Services
Executive Director Karen Beye, Inta Morris from the Department of Higher
Education, Attorney General John Suthers, State Public Defender Douglas
Wilson, Parole Board chairman David Michaud, Dean Conder from the
Parole Board, 4th Judicial District Judge Gil Martinez, 18th Judicial
District Judge Jerry Rafferty, state Rep. Terrance Carroll, state Rep.
Ellen Roberts, state Sen. Ken Gordon, state Sen. Ted Harvey and
Division of
Criminal Justice Director Jeanne Smith. The chairman of the Commission
Peter Weir.