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CO 11th 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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    Linda Stanley
    (R)

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    Kaitlin Turner
    (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 *Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice *Master’s Degree in Public Administration *Juris Doctorate *Former Police Officer *Former Deputy District Attorney *Former Criminal Justice Instructor *Eight years of prosecution experience *Three years of experience as a police officer
Contact phone 719-367-3352
Racial injustices are unacceptable in society and particularly unacceptable in the criminal justice system. Individuals of all races need to know that as your District Attorney, you will always receive equal, fair, and just results whether you are a victim, defendant, or witness. Any crime committed that falls under the Hate Crime statute will never be plead to a lesser crime without the Hate Crime condition being applied. People need to know that if they commit a Hate Crime, it will be prosecuted as Hate Crime. No exceptions.
That depends on the crime. Some individuals need to be incarcerated because they are a flight risk and/or due to the nature of the crime coupled with public safety. Other individuals that have no history of fleeing or failing to appear may be released with or without monitoring. Again, each case is fact specific and needs to be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. The defendant’s criminal history, the nature of the offense, the status of any victim(s), etc. will all be considered.
No, I am not in favor of changing the sentencing requirements for sex offenders. There is more information on the statute and how it can be applied than what is addressed in this question (C.R.S 18-1.3-1004). The statute allows for indeterminate sentencing for violent sex offenders, habitual sex offenders, and the most heinous sex crimes against children under twelve years of age. The indeterminate sentence allows the offender to receive treatment while in prison and while also keeping the public safe. The statute also provides an option of probation after an evaluation of the defendant is completed and under the discretion of the judge. Again, the most egregious sex offenders are a risk to public safety and incarceration is the only option for them as well as their potential victims.
All District Attorney Offices have issues with the number of cases compared to the number of individuals that handle the caseload. I am adamantly against any “predetermined” plea offers for cases (traffic, DUI, etc.) because as I said earlier, each case is fact specific and all factors, both aggravating and mitigating, need to be considered. One of the ways we can handle the backlog is to have separate days for certain cases such as traffic, misdemeanors, and felonies. The goal would be to review the cases ahead of time and be prepared to meet with the defendant and/or defense attorney with the offer. Once defense attorneys are aware of the possible offers based on past experiences, they can also be prepared for the court date. Emails exchanges are imperative for open communication between defendants/attorneys and prosecutors as is a mutually respectful relationship. Additionally, we need the assistance of the court to not allow several continuances before a final resolution.
Background Kaitlin has 13 years of experience as a lawyer. She has been a law clerk, prosecutor, law enforcement officer, and civil defense attorney. She has also served as a city council member and volunteers in many ways in our community.
We must recognize that our justice system has not always been fair to people of color. As DA, my job is to seek justice and the truth. This means we cannot be blind to unfair practices in our criminal justice system. While we may not live in a very racially diverse community, we are still responsible for ensuring that everyone is treated fairly under the law. I am committed to doing everything I can to eliminate the effects of racism and unfairness in our criminal justice system.
Bail practices vary across our judicial district and also vary amongst our judges. I am in favor of adopting a district-wide bond schedule that is evidence-based and consistent throughout our district. The purpose of bond is to address whether the community will be safe if the defendant is released from custody and whether the defendant is likely to appear for their future court appearances. A high bond cannot be imposed as punishment, because all defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty. That isn't to say that we cannot or should not consider an offender's criminal history or the facts alleged against them. Ultimately, district attorneys are responsible for learning as much about a defendant as they can before a bond hearing so that we can make the case for setting an appropriate bond.
I am not in favor of changing the sentencing requirements for sex offenders. The indeterminate sentence allows the offender to receive treatment while in prison and while also keeping the public safe. Once an offender has successfully completed treatment, they may have the opportunity to ask for reconsideration of their sentence. The current problem with indeterminate sentencing is that some offenders will not be offered treatment immediately upon entering prison - some are not offered treatment until they have been incarcerated for years. I am against delaying the start of sex offender treatment for offenders serving in DOC. Treatment and rehabilitative services should be available to offenders throughout their entire incarceration so that we can best reform their behavior for the safety of our communities.
COVID-19 has created many problems for our criminal justice system statewide. In our district, we have been fortunate enough to continue holding jury trials in 2 out of 4 of our counties. This has allowed us to keep cases moving forward despite the limitations imposed due to Covid. At this point, we are not overwhelmed by backlogged cases because we never stopped working. Instead, we adapted to our change in circumstances and continued to serve the people in our district. Moving forward, our office will continue to accomplish our mission through the hard work and dedication of our entire team. We will continue to remain flexible in partnership with our courts to ensure justice moves forward in our district.