Research & Development

The Department of Safety works to maximize public safety and service delivery through a variety of means, including the use of research and development. Housed in the Director of Safety’s office, the Crime Prevention and Control Commission (CPCC) uses data and measurement tools to analyze and assess the department’s programs, determine the return on investment, and identify opportunities for improvement.

In addition, CPCC works to improve data efficiency, integrity and access throughout the entire criminal justice system, including the courts and state judicial. The Commission analyzes data to better understand gaps, barriers and inefficiencies, and to develop and implement alternatives. Their work has helped improve system efficiency and address system impacts on victims, offenders, and the community. 

Areas of Focus (Subcommittees)

Community Reentry is tasked with creating and implementing an evidence-based comprehensive jail to community reentry process and services.

Justice Coordinating is tasked with expediting justice system case processing and system coordination and change. 

Mental Health is tasked with analyzing the nexus between justice systems and mental health needs at the individual and system level. Identifies and implements recommendations for policies and programs to improve mental health and co-occurring disorder interventions; create system change, enhance inter-agency coordination and increase capacity within the current mental health system and practices.

Racial and Gender Disparity is tasked with examining the relationship between persons of color and critical decision points in the criminal justice system. 

Youth Crime Prevention is tasked to identify, recommend changes and implement strategies for youth failing in school and involved in, or at risk for involvement in, the criminal justice system.

About the Crime Prevention & Control Commission

The Commission works to meet its objectives through the hard work and dedication of Commissioners and other volunteers that serve on one of five standing subcommittees. The subcommittees make recommendations to the Commission, which provides oversight of funds and supports evidence-based system change, including innovative programs, policies and training that address and reduce offender risk and recidivism.

History

Established by City Ordinance in April, 2005, the 32-member Commission brings together a broad-based membership representing juvenile and adult criminal justice system leaders, City representatives, community stakeholders and advocates. Through the collaborative and coordinated efforts of these representatives, the Commission has made great strides to address and meet its mission to create and execute an evidence-based, accountable, and efficient public safety strategy that reduces crime and delinquency in Denver.

Commission Meetings

See below for the latest meeting minutes and agendas for the Crime Prevention and Control Commission and its subcommittees.
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Contact the Commission

If you would like to learn more about our research and development efforts, or speak with someone from our Crime Prevention and Control Commission, please contact:

Tien Tong
viet-tien.tong@denvergov.org

Contact Our Partners

Denver Drug Court

Phone: (720) 337-0530
The Drug Court program is an intensive treatment program for offenders charged with drug offenses who have a demonstrated substance abuse problem. Offenders with current charges involving weapons or substantial amounts of narcotics, history of sex offenses or violent criminal activity are not eligible. 

Denver Sobriety Court
Phone: (720) 913-8361
The Sobriety (DUI) Court focuses on repeat DUI violators. The model is similar to Drug Court with frequent court reviews, home checks and intense treatment services.

Court to Community
Phone: (720) 337-0826
The Court to Community Program is a flexible and responsive special services court docket and system to manage municipal offenders with serious and persistent mental health issues. The program provides access to evaluation and treatment referrals for participants. Program participants are supervised through frequently scheduled court reviews. 

Community Reentry Project
Phone: (720) 865-2330
The Community Reentry Project (CRP) serves adult residents of Denver, within one year of release for a misdemeanor conviction from the Denver County Jail. CRP provides cognitive education classes, employment workshops, shelter vouchers, transportation assistance, mental health counseling and relapse prevention support to help individuals stay our of jail and lead productive lives.

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