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CO 12th 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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  • Alonzo Christopher Payne

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 Attorney from San Luis, Colorado with 15 years of experience as an attorney. I am a 6th Generation resident of San Luis, and hope to bring my sense of compassion, experience and knowledge to the Office of District Attorney.
Contact phone 720-323-0768
Twitter @alonzopayneco
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Bail reform is long over due and is a must to create a system of justice that is fair to all participants, regardless of thier socioeconomic status.

We waste too much money on holding pre trial detainees as small rural counties. It is crazy that half the population of the county jails in the SLV are not convicted, but rather being held because they can not afford bail, because they are poor.

I respect the assumption of our innocence is inherint in the ethos of our Country. I strongly believe that we are INNOCENT BEFORE PROVEN GUILTY.

I would strongly advocate for a non cash bail system.

Indeterminate sentencing for any crime is Unconstitutional. As a District Attorney I will obey the Constitution and only seek punishment that is Constitutional.
First we must recognize that we have an obligation to either provide for a speedy trial as required, or to be prepared to dismiss matters that pose no current harm to the immenent health and well being of the People of the San Luis Valley.

The current appointed District Attorney has caused this current backlog, through an overzealous approach to prosecution and incarceration.

I hope to bring a progressive and compassionate approach to criminal justice in the San Luis Valley.

I find it appalling that the SLV has the highest incarceration rates in Colorado, and I intend to correct this disparity.

The Office of District Attorney must reflect the values of the Commmunity served, and as your next Elected District Attorney, I will protect those values.