When a person pleads guilty to or is found guilty of a felony crime, they may face a sentence to the Colorado Department of Corrections, or prison. Part of a prison sentence is that, upon release from custody, the person is supervised by parole. The amount of time a person must serve on parole is dependent upon the level felony. Colorado lawmakers are considering changing this policy, allowing those who are convicted of non-violent class 2 and class 3 felonies to serve three years of parole instead of five years.
Current Parole Sentences for Felony Crimes in Douglas and Arapahoe County
Under C.R.S. 18-1.3-401, in Arapahoe and Douglas County, parole sentences are as follows:
- Class 2 felony: 5 years of parole
- Class 3 felony: 5 years of parole
- Class 4 felony: 3 years of parole
- Class 5 felony: 2 years of parole
- Class 6 felony: 1 year of parole
For drug felonies:
- Drug felony 1: 3 years of parole
- Drug felony 2: 2 years of parole
- Drug felony 3: 1 year of parole
- Drug felony 4: 1 year of parole
Changes to Parole Sentences in Adams and Jefferson County: Who Would This New Law Affect?
Currently, in Jefferson and Adams County, anyone convicted of a class 2 or class 3 felony is required to serve 5 years of parole after they are released from DOC. Now, many crimes that are classified as class 2 and class 3 felonies are considered violent crimes. This bill would not change the parole sentence for someone with a violent conviction like Sexual Assault or Attempted Murder. However, crimes like Criminal Mischief and Theft, both of which can be charged as high-level felonies would be lessened. It also has a financial benefit for the state as the money saved by cutting down parole sentences could be reallocated to other areas.
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