Chief Sponsor: Kelly B. Miles

Senate Sponsor: Evan J. Vickers


8     Committee Note:
9          The Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Interim Committee recommended this bill.
10               Legislative Vote:     15 voting for     0 voting against     1 absent
11     General Description:
12          This bill requires the State Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice to make an
13     annual progress report on certain topics to the Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice
14     Interim Committee.
15     Highlighted Provisions:
16          This bill:
17          ▸     requires the State Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice to make an annual
18     report to the Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Interim Committee on the
19     progress made on the following goals of the Justice Reinvestment Initiative:
20               •     ensuring oversight and accountability;
21               •     supporting local corrections systems;
22               •     improving and expanding reentry and treatment services; and
23               •     strengthening probation and parole supervision; and
24          ▸     makes technical changes.
25     Money Appropriated in this Bill:
26          None
27     Other Special Clauses:

28          None
29     Utah Code Sections Affected:
30     AMENDS:
31          63M-7-204, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2020, Chapters 200, 230, and 395

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

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

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