SB17-051 - Revisions To Victims' Rights Laws

Passed/Signed into Law
Concerning the rights of crime victims.

The bill makes various amendments to statutes concerning the rights of crime victims, including the following:

The definition of 'crime' is amended to include:


  • Failure to stop at the scene of an accident that results in serious bodily injury of another person;
  • Violation of a protection order issued against a person charged with stalking; and
  • Posting a private image for harassment or for pecuniary gain.

The definition of 'critical stages' is amended to include any full parole board review hearing.

The definition of 'modification of sentence' is amended to include a resentencing following a probation revocation hearing or a request for early termination of probation.

The bill creates a victim's right:


  • To be heard at any court proceeding at which the court considers a request for progression from a person accused or convicted of a crime against the victim and who is in the custody of the state mental health hospital. 'Progression' includes off-grounds supervised or unsupervised privileges, community placement, conditional release, unconditional discharge, or a special furlough.
  • To be informed of the results of a probation or parole revocation hearing; and
  • To be informed of the governor's decision to commute or pardon a person convicted of a crime against the victim before such information is publicly disclosed.

The bill requires a district attorney's office, if practicable, to inform a victim of any pending motion to sequester the victim from a critical stage in the case.

Unless a victim requests otherwise, the district attorney shall inform each victim of the right to receive information from the state mental health hospital concerning the custody and release of a person convicted of a crime against the victim and ordered by a court into the hospital's care, including how the victim may request notification from the hospital.

Upon the written request of a victim, the Colorado mental health institute at Pueblo or the Colorado mental health institute at Fort Logan shall notify the victim of certain information regarding any person who was charged with or convicted of a crime against the victim.

The bill requires the juvenile parole board to report additional information concerning juvenile parole hearings.

The court shall inform the probation department before any hearing regarding any request by a probationer for early termination of probation or any change in the terms and conditions of probation.

(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)


House Committees

Latest update: April 28, 2017
04/28/2017 - Governor Signed
04/24/2017 - Sent to the Governor
04/24/2017 - Signed by the Speaker of the House
04/18/2017 - Signed by the President of the Senate
04/06/2017 - Senate Considered House Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass
04/05/2017 - House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
04/04/2017 - House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
04/03/2017 - House Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
03/28/2017 - House Committee on Judiciary Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
02/22/2017 - Introduced In House - Assigned to Judiciary
02/17/2017 - Senate Third Reading Passed with Amendments - Floor
02/16/2017 - Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee
02/13/2017 - Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Refer Unamended to Senate Committee of the Whole
02/01/2017 - Senate Committee on Judiciary Refer Amended to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
01/13/2017 - Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Judiciary + State, Veterans, & Military Affairs