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Colorado Criminal Justice System Study Report, July 1980

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130 pages
Issues and problems identified emphasize the need for coordinated, cost-effective criminal justice services in Colorado.
The focus of the 1980 study was the service capability of Colorado's fragmented adult criminal justice system. Methodology involved researching criminal justice literature, reviewing State statutes, interviewing agency personnel, and collecting data from these agencies through a questionnaire. General problems identified that relate to the delivery of criminal justice services include the inadequacies of the present coroner system, organizational problems associated with the fragmented structure of the system, dissatisfaction with criminal justice staff education and training, lack of an adequate information management system, and the need for interagency information exchange. The creation of a department of public safety to include the State patrol, Colorado Bureau of Investigation, and the Colorado Law Enforcement Training Academy is recommended. A State medical examiner's office should be created, and minimum jail standards should be developed and implemented throughout the State. Endnotes, charts, tables, and maps are supplied. Appendixes include lists of questionnaire respondents. (Author summary modified)