Chief Sponsor: Kelly B. Miles

Senate Sponsor: Evan J. Vickers


8     General Description:
9          This bill requires the State Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice to make an
10     annual progress report on certain topics to the Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice
11     Interim Committee.
12     Highlighted Provisions:
13          This bill:
14          ▸     requires the State Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice to make an annual
15     report to the Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Interim Committee on the
16     progress made on the following goals of the Justice Reinvestment Initiative:
17               •     ensuring oversight and accountability;
18               •     supporting local corrections systems;
19               •     improving and expanding reentry and treatment services; and
20               •     strengthening probation and parole supervision; and
21          ▸     makes technical changes.
22     Money Appropriated in this Bill:
23          None
24     Other Special Clauses:
25          None
26     Utah Code Sections Affected:
27     AMENDS:
28          63M-7-204, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2020, Chapters 200, 230, and 395

30     Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
31          Section 1. Section 63M-7-204 is amended to read:
32          63M-7-204. Duties of commission.
33          (1) The State Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice administration shall:
34          (a) promote the commission's purposes as enumerated in Section 63M-7-201;
35          (b) promote the communication and coordination of all criminal and juvenile justice
36     agencies;
37          (c) study, evaluate, and report on the status of crime in the state and on the
38     effectiveness of criminal justice policies, procedures, and programs that are directed toward the
39     reduction of crime in the state;
40          (d) study, evaluate, and report on programs initiated by state and local agencies to
41     address reducing recidivism, including changes in penalties and sentencing guidelines intended
42     to reduce recidivism, costs savings associated with the reduction in the number of inmates, and
43     evaluation of expenses and resources needed to meet goals regarding the use of treatment as an
44     alternative to incarceration, as resources allow;
45          (e) study, evaluate, and report on policies, procedures, and programs of other
46     jurisdictions which have effectively reduced crime;
47          (f) identify and promote the implementation of specific policies and programs the
48     commission determines will significantly reduce crime in Utah;
49          (g) provide analysis and recommendations on all criminal and juvenile justice
50     legislation, state budget, and facility requests, including program and fiscal impact on all
51     components of the criminal and juvenile justice system;
52          (h) provide analysis, accountability, recommendations, and supervision for state and
53     federal criminal justice grant money;
54          (i) provide public information on the criminal and juvenile justice system and give
55     technical assistance to agencies or local units of government on methods to promote public
56     awareness;
57          (j) promote research and program evaluation as an integral part of the criminal and

58     juvenile justice system;
59          (k) provide a comprehensive criminal justice plan annually;
60          (l) review agency forecasts regarding future demands on the criminal and juvenile
61     justice systems, including specific projections for secure bed space;
62          (m) promote the development of criminal and juvenile justice information systems that
63     are consistent with common standards for data storage and are capable of appropriately sharing
64     information with other criminal justice information systems by:
65          (i) developing and maintaining common data standards for use by all state criminal
66     justice agencies;
67          (ii) annually performing audits of criminal history record information maintained by
68     state criminal justice agencies to assess their accuracy, completeness, and adherence to
69     standards;
70          (iii) defining and developing state and local programs and projects associated with the
71     improvement of information management for law enforcement and the administration of
72     justice; and
73          (iv) establishing general policies concerning criminal and juvenile justice information
74     systems and making rules as necessary to carry out the duties under Subsection (1)(k) and this
75     Subsection (1)(m);
76          (n) allocate and administer grants, from money made available, for approved education
77     programs to help prevent the sexual exploitation of children;
78          (o) allocate and administer grants for law enforcement operations and programs related
79     to reducing illegal drug activity and related criminal activity;
80          (p) request, receive, and evaluate data and recommendations collected and reported by
81     agencies and contractors related to policies recommended by the commission regarding
82     recidivism reduction;
83          (q) establish and administer a performance incentive grant program that allocates funds
84     appropriated by the Legislature to programs and practices implemented by counties that reduce
85     recidivism and reduce the number of offenders per capita who are incarcerated;

86          (r) oversee or designate an entity to oversee the implementation of juvenile justice
87     reforms;
88          (s) make rules and administer the juvenile holding room standards and juvenile jail
89     standards to align with the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act requirements
90     pursuant to 42 U.S.C. Sec. 5633;
91          (t) allocate and administer grants, from money made available, for pilot qualifying
92     education programs;
93          (u) oversee the trauma-informed justice program described in Section 63M-7-209;
94     [and]
95          (v) request, receive, and evaluate the aggregate data collected from prosecutorial
96     agencies[, jails,] and the Administrative Office of the Courts, in accordance with Sections
97     [17-22-32.4,] 63M-7-216[,] and 78A-2-109.5[.]; and
98          (w) report annually to the Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Interim Committee
99     on the progress made on each of the following goals of the Justice Reinvestment Initiative:
100          (i) ensuring oversight and accountability;
101          (ii) supporting local corrections systems;
102          (iii) improving and expanding reentry and treatment services; and
103          (iv) strengthening probation and parole supervision.
104          (2) If the commission designates an entity under Subsection (1)(r), the commission
105     shall ensure that the membership of the entity includes representation from the three branches
106     of government and, as determined by the commission, representation from relevant stakeholder
107     groups across all parts of the juvenile justice system, including county representation.