The Colorado Supreme Court issued its opinion in Nowak v. Suthers on Monday, February 24, 2014.
Parole Eligibility Date—Statutory Interpretation.
In this habeas corpus appeal, the Supreme Court evaluated for the first time the relationship between CRS §§ 17-22.5-101 and -403(1) of article 22.5, which governs inmate and parole time computation. The Court held that, for the purpose of computing an inmate’s parole eligibility date, § 17-22.5-101 requires the Department of Corrections to construe all sentences as one continuous sentence when the inmate has been committed under several convictions with separate sentences, even when doing so results in the inmate becoming parole eligible before serving at least 50% of the second sentence. Accordingly, the Court affirmed the trial court’s judgment.
Summary and full case available here.