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CO 14th 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 Karzen

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 25 years experience as prosecutor, criminal defense attorney and plaintiff civil rights attorney.
Antecedentes he/his/him
Dirección postal PO Box 770129 1955 Shield Drive #300
Contact phone 970-629-5229
Teléfono 970-629-5229
With zero tolerance. Racial injustice is a fatal toxin to the legitimacy of any justice system and it is incumbent on all justice professionals to explicitly treat it as such. While we do not see this problem arise very much in our jurisdiction, if and when it does, it will not be tolerated by the District Attorney's Office.
Pretrial detention is best considered as a rare necessity, and I am in favor of reforming bail system. Having said that, I believe it needs to be done in a thoughtful way, in order to ensure the rights of all those criminally accused and community safety are balanced appropriately. I believe a system based on risk assessment, with no monetary component, is appropriate - requiring monetary bonds serves no legitimate purpose, but pretrial supervision or detention may be necessary in limited cases. Such a system should result in very few pre-trial detainees as I believe pretrial detention should be reserved only for those individuals presenting a clear risk to community safety. The gold standard is a robust and well-resourced pretrial supervision program. I also believe any pretrial detainee should receive regular judicial access to determine if release or continued detention remains appropriate.
I am. I believe the judicial branch should have the ability to customize each sentence to the unique circumstances of the case and the individual.
As a smaller rural jurisdiction, we do not have the volume of cases seen in larger offices. Having said that, particularly with the pandemic restricting our ability to conduct jury trials, a plan to handle backlog is critical. Here, we have prioritized our cases based on a triage model - moving the cases we can in a reasonable way, and staying resolute when necessary on our high priority cases involving serious crimes against persons or public integrity.