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CO 21st 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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    Daniel Paul Rubinstein

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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?

We are currently engaging the various stakeholder groups, locally, as it is evident that "racial injustice" is a term that means a great number of things to a very diverse group of people. Prior to determining what changes should be made, we are determining what our local issues are and how they can best be addressed.
In Mesa County we currently have one of the most, if not the most, progressive bail practices to permit pretrial detainees to be released provided they can be safely managed in the community, pending trial.
That question is a little misleading as it discusses the possibility of someone being "held" for the remainder of their life. However, the lifetime supervision act does not even require a prison sentence, nor does it require that it go for a persons natural life. In some cases, it permits termination of the "lifetime supervision" after periods as short as 10 years. I am not in favor of getting rid of indeterminate sentencing, as it has proven to be one of things that is most important in keeping our community safe from dangerous sex offenders. On occasion, and only when appropriate, we plead cases to determinate sentence if a pre-plea offense specific evaluation shows that the person is low risk to re-offend and that they can be safely managed in the community without lifetime supervision.
As with all resource decision, reviewing the cases, and weigh community priorities are most important in allocating scarce resources. In county court, repeat domestic violence and DUI offenders are a high priority. In district court, sex offenses and violent crime are the highest priority.