2021 Colorado Code
Title 18 - Criminal Code
Article 1.3 - Sentencing in Criminal Cases
Part 4 - Sentences to Imprisonment
§ 18-1.3-404. Duration of Sentences for Felonies

Universal Citation: CO Code § 18-1.3-404 (2021)
  1. Unless otherwise provided by law and except as otherwise provided in the “Colorado Children's Code”, title 19, C.R.S., courts sentencing any person for the commission of a felony to the custody of the executive director of the department of corrections shall fix a definite term as provided by section 18-1.3-401. The persons so sentenced shall be imprisoned and discharged as provided by other applicable statutes. No person sentenced to a correctional facility for the commission of a felony shall be subjected to imprisonment for a term exceeding the term provided by the statute fixing the length of the sentence for the crime of which the person was convicted and for which the person was sentenced.
    1. If a court sentences a defendant to the custody of the department of corrections, the court shall, after fixing a definite term of imprisonment, read the following statement:
    2. By requiring the court to read the statement contained in paragraph (a) of this subsection (2), the general assembly does not intend to grant any additional rights to the defendant. Failure of a court to comply with the requirements of paragraph (a) of this subsection (2) shall not be grounds for a defendant to withdraw a guilty plea or in any way gain a reversal of a conviction or reduction in sentence. (2.5) If a court sentences a defendant to the custody of the department of corrections and the defendant was under twenty-one years of age when the offense was committed, the court shall make a statement that there is the possibility of the defendant being eligible to serve a portion of the defendant's sentence in the department of corrections specialized program created pursuant to section 17-34-102 .
    1. Nothing in subsection (2) of this section shall be construed to affect the duties otherwise imposed by law on the court or on the executive director of the department of corrections.
    2. Nothing in subsection (2) of this section shall be construed to limit, expand, or otherwise affect any provision of law concerning the availability, administration, entitlement, or award of good time credits and earned time credits.

“The defendant may spend less time incarcerated than the term announced here today. The actual time served will be influenced by a number of factors including, but not limited to, previous criminal activities, eligibility for earned time for good behavior, correctional education program earned time, credit for time served, or community corrections eligibility.”

History. Source: L. 2002: Entire article added with relocations, p. 1403, § 2, effective October 1. L. 2021: (2.5) added,(HB 21-1209), ch. 448, p. 2952, § 5, effective September 7.

Editor's note:

This section is similar to former § 16-11-302 as it existed prior to 2002.


Law reviews. For article, “Commitment of Misdemeanants to the Colorado State Reformatory”, see 29 Dicta 294 (1952).

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