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Division of Criminal Justice

The Division of Criminal Justice (DCJ) provides assistance to state and local agencies in the criminal justice system through grants, research and policy development. DCJ serves as the "R&D" agency for many different component agencies and services in the criminal justice system.

Jeanne M. Smith - Director

 Ms. Smith was appointed as the Director of the Division of Criminal Justice in April, 2007. Previously, she was the elected District Attorney for Fourth Judicial 
District of Colorado (El Paso and Teller Counties) for 8 years from January, 1997 through January, 2005. She served as a prosecutor in that office for a total of 
22 years. 
From February 2005 through March 2007, Ms. Smith was the Deputy Attorney General for the Criminal Justice Section of the Colorado Attorney General's office. 

On the national level, Ms. Smith just completed her term as president of the National Criminal Justice Association.

Ms. Smith received her Jurist Doctor of the University of Illinois College of Law, and also received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Illinois with a major in Economics.

The Office of Adult and Juvenile Justice Assistance (OAJJA) administers seven major federal and state criminal and juvenile justice funding programs and provides staffing support to the Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Board and the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (JJDP) Council. In addition, staff from the OAJJA are actively involved in policy initiatives intended to improve the criminal and juvenile justice systems. 

Since the mid-twentieth century, penal systems across the country have used "halfway houses" as facilities where offenders could receive supervision and treatment outside of prison walls.Community corrections programs were originally designed as an intermediate point between probation/parole and prison.The concept was that offenders appropriate for community corrections may need more supervision and treatment than those on probation, but less physical confinement than that provided by a prison.
In Colorado, the community corrections system is a unique collaboration between state agencies, local officials and community corrections providers, with an emphasis on local control.
Local community corrections boards in each of Colorado's twenty-two judicial districts are an integral part of the system.
Under state law, each local board may contract with one or more community corrections programs to provide for the supervision and treatment of offenders.
The same local boards determine which offenders will be accepted into their local programs.

A fundamental assumption of the Colorado Domestic Violence Offender Management Board Standards for Treatment of Court-Ordered Domestic Violence Offenders is that domestic violence is a crime and not the result of or response to a failing relationship. The safety of the community and the affected victims is the first priority. Therefore, the standards were designed to enhance victim and community safety, contain offenders, promote offender accountability, and provide an opportunity for offenders to eliminate violent behavior in all forms.

EPIC is following Implementation Science. This helps the project implement evidence-based innovations in a way that helps participants build skills in an effective, sustainable way to facilitate a system change in the criminal justice system in Colorado. EPIC’s process utilizes training, coaching, and feedback from taped and live interviews as well as regular ongoing practice sessions to help participants build skills in a way that helps them incorporate them into their job duties.

In 1992, the Colorado General Assembly passed legislation that created a Sex Offender Management Board (SOMB) in the Division of Criminal Justice. The SOMB was charged to develop standards and guidelines for the evaluation, treatment, and behavioral monitoring of sex offenders. Currently, the SOMB consists of personnel representing the following domains: the department of corrections, the judicial department, law enforcement, the public defender's office, private criminal defense attorneys, rural and urban county commissioners, clinical polygraph examiners, the department of public safety, district attorneys, department of human services, licensed mental health professionals with expertise in treating sex offenders, the victim services community, and community corrections.

The ORS analyzes justice policies and problems, evaluates criminal justice programs, conducts recidivism studies, provides research support to the Colorado Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice (CCJJ), and distributes information through publications, trainings, and its web site. The ORS undertakes this work to assist the General Assembly, the Governor's Office, other state and local agencies, and the public for the purpose of enhancing the quality of criminal justice at all levels of government.

The Office of Victims Programs has a variety of responsibilities, all relating to improving the criminal justice system's response to crime victims.

      • Grant Programs 
      • Victim Rights Act (VRA) Compliance Program 
      • Victim Compensation 
      • Local Victim Assistance and Law Enforcement (Local VALE) 
      • The Colorado Sexual Assault Response Project 
      • Forensic Exams for Sexual Assault Victims 
      • Compensation from Benefits of Crime

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