Recidivism Definition Working Group




Pursuant to 24-33.5-536, C.R.S. (established in Senate Bill 2024-030), the Colorado Department of Public Safety (CDPS), Division of Criminal Justice (DCJ) shall convene a working group to develop a definition of recidivism to be used by each state entity, including each department, division, agency, office, or commission that collects data or reports on recidivism, in any report issued by the entity. 

The recidivism event is defined in 24-33.5-536(2)(4)(c), C.R.S., as “a new deferred agreement or an adjudication or conviction for a felony offense or misdemeanor offense, including all ‘Victim Rights Act’ crimes as defined in section 24-4.1-302(1).”

Except as otherwise required by state or federal law, beginning July 1, 2025, each state entity described in 24-33.5-536(1)(b), C.R.S., shall use the definition of recidivism developed by the working group pursuant to statute in the entity’s recidivism data collection. 

Any document or report that includes recidivism data collected by the state entity on or after July 1, 2025, must report the data consistent with the definition of recidivism developed by the working group. This does not prohibit a state entity from reporting, in addition to data about recidivism as defined by the working group, any other metrics the state entity deems necessary or relevant to its mission, or to meet the needs of the entity. 


The working group shall:

  • Be appointed no later than September 15, 2024.
  • Develop a definition of recidivism no later than January 15, 2025.
  • Provide a definition of recidivism to each state entity identified by DCJ and the working group pursuant to 24-33.5-536(1)(b) CRS no later than January 31, 2025.
  • Conclude its meetings by January 31, 2025

The working group is required to develop a definition of recidivism consistent with statute that includes:

  1. A clearly defined measurement point to begin tracking the recidivism event defined in 24-33.5-536(2)(4)(c).
  2. A clear description of the cohort to be tracked.
  3. A clearly defined time period during which an event is considered a recidivism event that is consistent with best practices for measuring recidivism.

In order to promote the use of consistent definitions by various state entities, the working group may develop definitions or data points related to recidivism or the desistance from crime that state entities may use as applicable.

Meetings & Calendar


All Recidivism Definition Working Group meetings will be held in a hybrid format, with both in-person and virtual options. Guests and members of the general public are welcome to attend the meetings and will be given an opportunity to provide public comment. The Division of Criminal Justice is responsible for staffing the working group. If you have questions or would like more information, contact Erin Crites.



May 23, 2024 @ 1-3PM
IN-PERSON LOCATION - 700 Kipling St, Lakewood, CO (3rd Floor Conference Room)
[Check in at Front Desk for escort to the 3rd Floor.]

VIRTUAL ATTENDANCE - Zoom https://us06web.zoom.us/j/86393747789?pwd=C3w9xarH6h8MwvIZpq53oqH9Q39qTh.1

June 6, June 20, July 18, August 1, August 15, September 5, and September 19.

May 6, 2024: AGENDA  |  MINUTES (To be posted)

Calendar entries appear below as: "Recid. Def. WG"



Pursuant to 24-33.5-536 (2) (a), C.R.S., the working group consists of the following members:

(i) A representative of the Judicial Department, appointed by the State Court Administrator
Aaron Stewart, Colorado State Judicial Branch

(ii) a representative of the Department of Corrections (DOC), appointed by the Executive Director of the DOC
Dave Wolfsgruber, CDOC

(iii) a representative of the Division of Youth Services (DYS) in the Department of Human Services (DHS), appointed by the Executive Director of the DHS
Kelli Burmeister, DYS/DHS

(iv) a representative of the state board of parole, appointed by the Chair of the Colorado State Board of Parole
Greg Saiz, Parole Board

(v) a representative of the department of public safety with expertise in community corrections, appointed by the Executive Director of the Department of Public Safety (DPS)
Katie Ruske, Division of Criminal Justice/DPS

(vi) a member from an institution of higher education with expertise in the criminal legal system who has conducted relevant research regarding recidivism, appointed by the Executive Director of the DPS
Michael Campbell, University of Denver

(vii) a representative of a community-based organization that works for criminal legal reform and supports consistent data collection, appointed by the Executive Director of the DPS
Jeff Wise, Remerg



Erin Crites, Division of Criminal Justice/DPS      
Linda Harrison, Division of Criminal Justice/DPS
Jack Reed, Division of Criminal Justice/DPS