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CO 22nd 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 Gregory Margeson
    (R)

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 Currently, Mr. Margeson is the Assistant District Attorney for the 22nd Judicial District, and has worked in the DA's office for the past six years. Prior to that he had seven years experience running his own law firm in the Denver Metro area.
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Monetary bond as a condition of release prior to trial inherently favors the wealthy. The goal of the justice system is to provide a forum where all people are fairly and equally treated. Monetary bonds are largely incompatible with that goal. The other side of this argument is that we know that certain Defendant’s will not attend court proceedings if released, and certain Defendant’s will present a danger to their victim or potentially the community as a whole if released prior to trial. Releasing these individuals presents an unacceptable risk to our community and denies victims access to the judicial process. I would favor an approach that presumes pretrial release for most Defendants, so long as that system allows for the prosecution to argue for pretrial detention of Defendants that pose a risk to the safety of a victim or the community as a whole. The system would also need to accommodate pretrial detention of Defendants who choose not to appear for court proceedings.
It’s important to note that this type of sentence is reserved almost exclusively for violent or coercive sexual offenses and sex offenses against young children. No one wants to make the decision to release a person who has committed a heinous offense against a child only to see another child victimized. While offenders have access to treatment there is no way to be certain that this treatment is effective. Certain individuals are not going to respond to or engage with treatment and will remain too dangerous to be unleashed upon society. If we did not have these laws, at the end of an offenders sentence there would be no choice on the part of state officials but to send a person into the community that has the capacity to victimize others. Indeterminate sentencing laws represent an acknowledgment that some people are capable of change and some people are not. These laws are a fair compromise to ensure that the community has a reasonable degree of certainty that they are safe.
The District Attorney’s office must evaluate all cases presently set for trial to prioritize the limited resources at our disposal. Crimes of violence and crimes implicating the safety of the community must take priority as we strive to eliminate the trial backlog. The staff at the DA’s office is going to need to rise to the challenges presented during this unique time. Long days and late nights for attorneys and legal assistants are going to be the new norm. Thankfully the amazing staff and attorneys in the 22nd Judicial District Attorney’s Office are up to the task. As a candidate for District Attorney my primary concern is for the safety of the community. It’s imperative that we resolve cases to the benefit of the community as a whole. Most cases do not proceed to trial but are resolved with a plea agreements or deferred prosecution. It’s therefore important to identify appropriate dispositions early so that time and resources are not wasted.