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CO 20th 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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    Michael Dougherty

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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 Michael Dougherty has been the District Attorney for the 20th JD (Boulder County) since 2018. He started his career with the Manhattan DA's Office before moving with his family to Colorado to oversee a wrongful conviction project. He is married to Antonia and the proud father of 12-year-old twins.
Dirección postal P.O. Box 444, Boulder, CO 80306
Contact phone 720-470-7871
Teléfono 720-470-7871
Twitter @DADoughertyCO
Our office is fully committed to improving the justice system and addressing racial inequities. We have taken significant steps over the past two years, although there is work to be done.

I worked and testified in support of SB 217: To Enhance Law Enforcement Integrity.

Our office applied, and was chosen, as one of three sites in the nation for the Vera Institute of Justice’s “Reshaping Prosecution” Program. Their data analysis will focus on racial disparities and inequities, to identify patterns and generate further policy and reform recommendations.

Our office is working with Prosecutor Impact to address and implement the shared goal of criminal justice reform. All attorneys and staff of our office were trained on implicit bias and, also, we held a community forum to discuss justice reform and racial bias.

We published our office “Commitment to Diversity, Inclusivity, and Equity” on our office website and we continue to update it. Please visit for more information.
Yes, bond reform is a priority for me and our office. The Boulder County District Attorney’s Office is regarded as a leader in bond reform. Since 2018, we have worked to advance bond reform efforts in Boulder County. That has been true throughout the pandemic, as well. In mid-March, our office took major steps to address the case backlog and reduce the jail population by 50 percent. We coordinated with law enforcement for them to issue summonses whenever appropriate, in lieu of booking offenders into the jail. The DA’s Office reviewed all offenders with pre-existing medical conditions and compromised immune systems and moved for the release of individuals from this list who do not demonstrate a significant risk to the community. Additionally, our office quickly reviewed every individual offender and moved to release those that did not pose a significant risk to the community. We moved quickly because of the circumstances and I plan to build off of this effort.
Yes, I am in favor of reforming sex offender felony sentencing from the current indeterminate sentencing to a determinate sentencing structure.

As a prosecutor who has handled sexual assault cases for many years, one of the most challenging aspects of prosecuting these cases is that victims must subject themselves to public scrutiny of extremely painful events. Although there is more work to be done, Colorado has made progress over the past 25 years — through rape shield laws, the Victims’ Rights Act, and a system-wide effort to develop a better response to sexual assault cases. We need to continue to improve, not roll back, our collective response to allegations of sexual assault. That includes with regards to the sentencing outcomes.

I have served on Task Forces engaged in sentencing reform and it remains a priority for me. I believe too many people are incarcerated or under some other form of criminal justice supervision. I am a strong advocate for sentencing reform.
I am concerned about the backlog of cases, so we have been working to reduce the backlog since mid-March. COVID-19 has had a dramatic impact on our justice system, and it is the responsibility of the District Attorney’s Office to keep the public safe while maintaining the rule of law for the community, victims, and the accused. COVID-19 is putting an incredible strain on crime victims who are already struggling with difficult situations, especially victims of domestic violence, unlawful sexual behavior, and violent felonies.

With that in mind, we are engaging in community outreach throughout this crisis – including with community safety bulletins, local and social media, and Virtual Town Halls.

In an effort to reduce the backlog of cases, our staff has been working to resolve cases remotely. Also, we are sending more cases through our Restorative Justice & Diversion Program. We have expanded the program by 350% and maintain a 92% success rate