Criminal Justice

Criminal Justice

The issue of criminal justice impacts the life of every Coloradan. It is essential for the Colorado Attorney General to prioritize the humane and just treatment of all citizens. We need a smarter and more effective criminal justice policy that keeps us safe, responds effectively to violent crimes, and serves every citizen.

We in Colorado are innovative and pride ourselves on fairness. In criminal justice policy, we have considerable room for more innovation and a system that is both tough on crime when appropriate and smart about how best to keep our communities safe. When we allow our criminal justice system to be stripped of empathy—and become divorced from humane solutions—we are not doing justice to the affected individuals or for our society.  Colorado can lead the nation in reforming our criminal justice system so that it serves its intended purpose—keeping people safe—without needlessly destroying lives. Together, we can work together to make Colorado a model for our nation in criminal justice improvement.

My priorities include:
  • Ensuring our first responders have access to 21st century technologies, giving them the best chance at identifying and finding criminals efficiently;
  • Supporting rural law enforcement and prosecutors by directing the Attorney General’s office Major Crimes Unit to these areas;
  • De-escalating crisis situations by directing our statewide law enforcement training program, the Peace Officer Standards and Training program (or POST), which is housed in the Attorney General’s office.  This program works with officers on skills for handling difficult situations, such as those that involve people affected by mental health issues;
  • Ensuring that individuals entering the criminal justice system are treated fairly and that their futures are not compromised through imprisonment, unless necessary to protect public safety;
  • Supporting efforts that focus on reentry into society for those already in the criminal justice system, using the AG’s office to provide statewide leadership on re-entry coordination, as Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring has done1;
  • Resisting the criminalization of marijuana. Read more here2;
  • Addressing sexual assault by creating a special Sexual Assault Assistance Unit of specialized prosecutors and investigators in the Attorney General’s office to offer their experience and expertise to district attorneys across the state on sexual assault cases;
  • Combating human trafficking by creating a new, statewide team that can address these multi-jurisdictional and complex cases that target extremely vulnerable populations;
  • Seeking alternatives to incarceration for those suffering from substance abuse or mental illness. This is the essence of the Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) program3 that I am committed to supporting and that is being implemented in Pueblo and Alamosa, among  other counties; and
  • Establishing a new Elder Abuse unit in the Attorney General’s office to combat the criminal targeting of Colorado’s elder population for financial and physical exploitation.
My priorities include:
  • Ensuring our first responders have access to 21st century technologies, giving them the best chance at identifying and finding criminals efficiently;
  • Supporting rural law enforcement and prosecutors by directing the Attorney General’s office Major Crimes Unit to these areas;
  • De-escalating crisis situations by directing our statewide law enforcement training program, the Peace Officer Standards and Training program (or POST), which is housed in the Attorney General’s office.  This program works with officers on skills for handling difficult situations, such as those that involve people affected by mental health issues;
  • Ensuring that individuals entering the criminal justice system are treated fairly and that their futures are not compromised through imprisonment, unless necessary to protect public safety;
  • Supporting efforts that focus on reentry into society for those already in the criminal justice system, using the AG’s office to provide statewide leadership on re-entry coordination, as Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring has done1;
  • Resisting the criminalization of marijuana. Read more here2;
  • Addressing sexual assault by creating a special Sexual Assault Assistance Unit of specialized prosecutors and investigators in the Attorney General’s office to offer their experience and expertise to district attorneys across the state on sexual assault cases;
  • Combating human trafficking by creating a new, statewide team that can address these multi-jurisdictional and complex cases that target extremely vulnerable populations;
  • Seeking alternatives to incarceration for those suffering from substance abuse or mental illness. This is the essence of the Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) program3 that I am committed to supporting and that is being implemented in Pueblo and Alamosa, among  other counties; and
  • Establishing a new Elder Abuse unit in the Attorney General’s office to combat the criminal targeting of Colorado’s elder population for financial and physical exploitation.