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CO 1st Judicial District Attorney

The District Attorney is responsible for prosecuting all state criminal offenses occurring in their district. These include cases brought by the municipal police departments, sheriffs’ departments and any college police departments, and state and federal law enforcement agencies.ELECTION INFO: General Election ballots will start to be mailed on October 9th, 2020. Voter Service and Polling Centers open on Monday, October 19th, 2020. Ballots must be received via mail or at drop-off no later than Tuesday, November 3rd, 2020, by 7 pm. If you have not received your ballot or need a replacement, contact your local Clerk & Recorder Elections Office____________Abogado de Distrito de ColoradoEl/la Fiscal de Distrito y es responsable de procesar todos los delitos del estado cometidos en su distrito. Estos incluyen casos presentados por los departamentos de la policía municipal, los departamentos de alguacil, y cualquier departamento de policías de sectores universitarios, y agencias estatales y federales de fuerzas del orden público. INFROMACIÓN SOBRE LAS ELECCIONES: Las papeletas de votación para las Elecciones Generales empezarán a ser enviadas el 9 de octubre del 2020. Los Centros de Servicios Electorales se abren el lunes, 19 de octubre del 2020. Las papeletas electorales deben ser enviadas por correo o entregadas en un centro de entrega a más tardar a las 7pm el martes, 3 de noviembre del 2020. Si no ha recibido su papeleta electoral o necesita un reemplazo, comuníquese con su Funcionario Oficial de la Oficina de Elecciones local

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  • Matthew Durkin
    (R)

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    Alexis King
    (D)

Biographical Information

How would you address racial injustice within your district?

Are you in favor of bail reforms that have been practiced recently that allow the release of prisoners prior to their trial date versus many detainees being held awaiting the outcome of their case? Please explain.

Are you in favor of reforming sex offender felony sentencing from the current indeterminate sentencing to determinate sentencing? Please explain. (Current law allows for indeterminate sentencing which conceivably imposes being held for the remainder of their life depending on a number of factors. The change to determinate sentencing would impose a definite end date.)

How should the District Attorney’s office handle the current backlog of cases going forward? What concerns do you have about handling the backlog and its effect on outcomes?

Background I was born and raised in Jefferson County, where my wife and I are raising our beautiful family. It has been my honor to protect my community in the First Judicial District Attorney’s Office (Jefferson and Gilpin Counties) for nearly 25 years, where I am currently a Chief Deputy District Attorney.
Antecedentes Yo nací y fui criado en Jefferson County, donde mi esposa y yo estamos criando nuestra hermosa familia. Ha sido un honor para mí proteger a mi comunidad en la Oficina del Fiscal del Primer Distrito Judicial (Jefferson y Gilpin Counties) durante casi 25 años, donde actualmente soy Fiscal Adjunto en J
Dirección postal PO Box 17522 Golden, CO 80401
Contact phone (303) 562-5849
Teléfono (303) 562-5849
Twitter @DurkinforDA
Martin Luther King, Jr. said that an “injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere”. Racism is an intolerable and evil act of injustice. It is the responsibility of government to fulfill the promise that all are created equal and protect the rights of all persons to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Because Martin Luther King, Jr. also said that “law and order exist for the purpose of establishing justice and when they fail in this purpose they become the dangerously structured dams that block the flow of social progress.” Without law and order, there can be no justice, and justice can only be achieved within the fundamental institutions of law and order. It is the responsibility of the District Attorney to vigorously investigate and prosecute any criminal acts of racism. Relentless prosecutions of criminal acts of racism, are based upon thorough and impartial investigations, regardless of who the suspect may be. Through this process, Jefferson and Gilpin Coun
The purpose of bail is to assure that the charged individual returns to court so that the process may proceed effectively for the benefit of the charged individual, victims, and for judicial efficiency. At the same time, public safety must be protected and be a consideration when setting bond. For several years, efforts to reform bail to minimize the disproportionate impact on those with less wealth have included the implementation of assessment tools to standardize bail, efforts to limit surety bonds, and efforts to eliminate cash bonds. While these efforts may be worthy, approximately 50% of all felons reoffend while on bond, creating more criminal liability for the offender, and more damage in the community. COVID forced an experiment in eliminating nearly all cash bonds to reduce jail populations in jails across Colorado. Similarly, the results have included an incredible surge failure to appear at court appearances, and approximately 30% recidivism while on bond. Currently,
Indeterminate sentencing was implemented in 1998 for the most aggravated sexual assaults. With over two decades of indeterminate sentences, Colorado has a large set of cases to review to determine if inmates have been released and the circumstances of those parolees. According the Colorado Department of Corrections Annual Report for Fiscal Year 2018, the average indeterminate sentence is 22 years. In the same report, the estimated length of stay for F3 sexual assaults is 8.08 years, and 2.08 for F4 sexual assaults. This data informs us that nearly all sexual offenders subject to indeterminate sentencing are being released. Not only are indeterminate sexual offenders being released, but in 2020 Legislative Session, they passed 20-85, Sex Offender Community Corrections Requirements. This bill requires that sex offenders that are released into the community be required to progress through sex offender treatment and meet other criteria before being considered for parole into the com
Since 2013, crime has steadily increased including homicides, violent crime and property crime. Recently, for the first time in decades as national crime statistics declined, the crime rate in Colorado continued to increase. This increase in crime is being fueled by a drug addiction crisis. In 2019, Colorado set an ominous record with 1,062 drug overdoses. At the same time, Colorado has one of the worst recidivism rates in the country at nearly 50%. To address the backlog, we must reduce the rate of crime by implementing effective drug addiction treatment for those in the criminal justice system. COVID has greatly exacerbated this backlog. In 2019, there were 345 criminal jury trials in the First Judicial District (Jefferson and Gilpin Counties). In Chief Judge Order 2020-16, Chief Judge Pilkington found that as of July 15, 2020, there were nearly 700 criminal trials set for the remaining five months of the year. The District Attorney’s Office is now forced to prioritize case
Background Alexis served this community for a decade as a Deputy DA, prosecuting serious cases, developing alternatives for kids, and leading the Juvenile and Human Trafficking Units. In 2017 she rolled out bail reform for Denver. She lives in Golden with her husband, kids, and rescue pup Kayla.
Contact phone 720-255-1398
We must start by acknowledging that inequities exist - that systemic oppression within law enforcement has built barriers from the historic beginnings of our system to the present day around race and the under-resourced. With this lens, we must expand our dialogue with the community by providing more transparency around case decision making and the identity of the person charged so that we, as public servants, are accountable and responsive to community voices. Within the office, I will work to recruit prosecutors that not only reflect the community we serve, but the people we prosecute, and that our prosecutors are not just adequately trained on systemic injustice, but that they seek and consider the voices of lived experiences in their decision making. It starts with those decisions, but it is ensured by the transparent and accountable practices and community engagement.
When serving as a Denver County Magistrate in 2017, I championed bond reform to address over-incarceration and systemic inequities that lead to the disproportionate jailing of people of color, as well as those facing addiction, poverty and mental illness. I am the only candidate who believes in bail bond reform and who has implemented transformative and transparent bail bond practices. I look forward to brining this leadership to our community and to ensure, that in the age of COVID, we have the capacity to hold dangerous people in our jail who cannot be on our streets.
No. I will protect the community from dangerous sex offenders using the tools provided by law. I have over a decade of experience as a prosecutor in this district – including complex cases involving sex assault on children and adults. In fact, I led the Human Trafficking Unit which often addresses incredibly complex intimate partner violence. Based on my on-the-ground experience prosecuting serious crimes in this district, I will continue to support strong sentencing laws for sex offenders.
For people who are low risk and committed low level crimes, COVID has given momentum to the expansion of prosecution alternatives, one of my policy priorities. With community-based interventions, people can connect with services and restore harm caused while remaining in the community. We will prioritize the trials of violent offenders. I am the only candidate running who has the experience to advance the system while promoting prosecutorial excellence. I've mentored and managed staff, developed prosecution alternatives and training, advanced reform legislation and responded to emergent situations. I served on the Colorado Bar Association’s Executive Council and monitored the implementation of a five-year strategic plan, reviewed the efficacy of programs and MOUs and oversaw a $10m budget. I come by my leadership and vision for the DA’s Office through earned experience, not political grooming, and it is that track record that I will bring as your next District Attorney.