There is a great OP ED article regarding support for the criminal justice reform legislation that will be proposed this legislative session today in the Salt Lake Tribune.
It is written by Rollin Cook, Executive Director of Department of Corrections, John King, Provo Police Chief, and Jim Tracy , Utah County Sheriff.
CCJJ Justice Reinvestment Recommendations
- Revise drug penalties to target chronic felony offenders and drug dealers who sell in the presence of minors and where minors are likely to be.
- Revise criminal history scoring to avoid double-counting and limit factors to those most relevant to the risk of re-offense.
- Revise sentencing guidelines for certain lower-level crimes.
- Establish formal graduated revocation caps for technical probation revocations.
- Establish formal graduated revocation caps for technical parole revocations.
- Establish a system of earned time credits offered by the Board [of Pardons & Parole].
- Implement a graduated sanctions and incentives matrix [for Adult Probations & Parole].
- Establish a system of earned compliance credits on supervision.
- Expand treatment services.
- Establish treatment standards and certification.
- Establish standards for recovery and reentry support programs.
- Enhance transition planning, supports and services for offenders returning to their communities.
- Reclassify moving vehicle misdemeanors in order to focus jail resources on higher-level offenders and relieve undue burdens on localities.
- Establish evidence-based jail treatment standards.
- Establish a county performance-incentive grant program.
- Provide better support to victims of crime.
- Provide enhanced training for decision makers and community supervision officers.
- Require collection and reporting of key performance measures and establish oversight.