State of Colorado Archives: on Crime


George Brauchler: Defend local law enforcement and provide resources

Our police, firefighters and first responders are on the front lines of our defense and they need to be treated respectfully and with the highest regard. I will vigorously defend them when they are right, encourage improvement where needed and expect accountability at all times. I will ensure that our local law enforcement agencies have the resources that are necessary to keep our communities safe.
Source: 2018 Colorado Gubernatorial campaign website george2018.com Jul 12, 2017

George Brauchler: Create specialized units to fight crime

Source: 2018 Colorado Gubernatorial campaign website george2018.com Jul 12, 2017

George Brauchler: Supports death penalty; would lift stays of execution

A well-known district attorney who was lead prosecutor in the case against Aurora theater shooter James Holmes, gubernatorial candidate George Brauchler assailed Gov. John Hickenlooper in 2013 for issuing a temporary stay of execution to convicted killer Nathan Dunlap. The next governor is free to lift the stay and Brauchler has indicated that he would.
Source: ColoradoPolitics.com on 2018 Colorado Gubernatorial race Apr 19, 2017

John Hickenlooper: Issued stay of execution for convicted killer

A well-known district attorney who was lead prosecutor in the case against Aurora theater shooter James Holmes, gubernatorial candidate George Brauchler assailed Gov. John Hickenlooper in 2013 for issuing a temporary stay of execution to convicted killer Nathan Dunlap. The next governor is free to lift the stay and Brauchler has indicated that he would.
Source: ColoradoPolitics.com on 2018 Colorado Gubernatorial race Apr 19, 2017

George Brauchler: Death penalty is legitimate rule of law

Brauchler won his first race for district attorney in 2012 & boosted his profile as a strong critic of Hickenlooper's decision to grant convicted killer Nathan Dunlap a temporary reprieve from the death penalty. Brauchler said if he is elected governor he will put Dunlap's execution back on the calendar on "Day 1."

"What I'm going to do is put force behind that decision by the court, by that jury, and we're going to make something legitimate of the rule of law here in this state," he explained. His prosecution of Aurora theater shooter James Holmes once again put him in the spotlight a year into his term. He asked for the death penalty, but the jury returned a sentence for life in prison without parole--the same outcome Holmes' attorneys offered as a plea deal before the trial.

Brauchler said he plans to remain in his position as district attorney while campaigning for governor and dismissed concerns about conflicts, saying his job would come first.

Source: Denver Post on 2018 Colorado gubernatorial race Apr 5, 2017

Mike Johnston: Reduce sentencing disparities; ban police chokeholds

If you talk to criminal-justice reform advocates in our neighborhood--I've actually carried more legislation on criminal-justice reform over the last five years than on education: from a ban on the use of the chokehold by law enforcement; to the CLEAR Act, about reducing disparities in the criminal-justice pipeline; to lots of work on protection of kids from child molesters and felony-DUI legislation.

The more people dig, the more they'll find I have a consistent record of these kinds of big ideas with unusual coalitions in all parts of legislation. Even here in the daily activity of our community office--it's not a bill that you have to pass, but we've brought together folks for real transformation, to help work toward a solution that works for this neighborhood. Most people don't build coalitions like this or, I think, get results like this.

Source: Westword interview on 2018 Colorado Gubernatorial race Jan 25, 2017

Ryan Frazier: Criminal justice reform needed against $30,000 per inmate

In Colorado, it costs upwards of $30,000 a year to house and feed an inmate and yet we only invest $6,800 a year per student. Criminal justice reform is needed for our community.
Source: 2016 Colorado Senate campaign website FrazierForColorado.com Feb 3, 2016

Bob Beauprez: Require public notice when releasing violent prison inmates

Though public safety was not originally part of the business-focused debate, Beauprez raised the issue in reply to a question about regulating marijuana. He cited a Denver Post story about violent prison inmates being released without notice to the public, even though those released have vowed to murder others. "It's happened on his watch," Beauprez said.

Hickenlooper responded, "This has been a problem in every state and all over the country: When someone serves their time, you can't keep them, but we tried to pass a law last year where you could have civil commitment of people who have mental illness and those deemed a real threat to others, and we couldn't get it through."

Beauprez's campaign accused the governor of "passing the buck" on public safety

Source: Denver Post on 2014 Colorado Gubernatorial debate Oct 6, 2014

John Hickenlooper: Longer minimum prison sentences do not reduce crime

Public safety is a priority for every Coloradan. We can be tough on crime while also smart about spending taxpayer money. Key Priorities: Over 25 years ago, we passed a law in Colorado doubling sentences for all crimes, leading to predictable increases in our prison populations. The hope was that longer sentences would keep the public safe, but longer minimum prison sentences do not reduce crime. If many people return to prison within 3 years of their release, we must examine our flawed, one-size-fits-all approach. We need to evaluate what services and supports can lead to better outcomes and reduce recidivism and excess costs to taxpayers
Source: 2014 Governor campaign website, HickenlooperForColorado.com Sep 1, 2014

Ken Buck: Closed loophole that had let abusive fathers contact kids

Ken Buck is fighting back against the "war on women" narrative that helped doom his Senate campaign in 2010. And the opening salvo in the battle to reclaim his name is coming in the form of a 2-minute video entitled "Stephanie's Story."

The story goes like this: In 2008, Stephanie Drobny and her two young children fled their home in Montana after her abusive husband threatened to murder her and put her in the forest "where the bears would eat" her. But Ken Buck, in his capacity as District Attorney, helped her "get through a rough time in my life," Drobny says during the video.

In the process of helping Drobny, Buck discovered a major loophole in the law that allowed perpetrators like her husband to continue contacting the children. Buck, Drobny, and even her daughter went to the state legislature so that they could help close the loophole. The bill was signed into law in 2011.

Buck says he is taking proactive measures to undermine the "war on women" meme that hurt him last time.

Source: The Daily Caller AdWatch on 2014 Colorado Senate race Feb 17, 2014

John Hickenlooper: $34 million for violence-preventing mental health services

Part of what has gotten overlooked in the debate about guns is our work on mental health. When you look at the massacres at Columbine High School and the Aurora movie theater; and the tragedies of Platte Canyon High School, and most recently at Arapahoe High School, guns are only a piece of the puzzle. Another clear piece is mental health: Trying to identify and assist those who are feeling isolated, bullied, the mentally ill; and trite as this may sound, those who are feeling abandoned and unloved.

We allocated more than $34 million to create and bolster programs such as school-based mental health services, behavioral health community centers, and to train and staff round-the-clock mental health crisis centers.

Source: 2014 State of the State address to Colorado Legislature Jan 9, 2014

John Hickenlooper: $20M for mental health 24/7 call-in centers

Q: At Arapahoe H.S., a young man walked in with a pump shotgun. Someone that is visibly armed should not be able to get in.

HICKENLOOPER: They did have a deputy sheriff on the premise. The moment there was trouble, he was running to the scene. But there's a balance. And school administrators are trying to make a school not be a fortress. They want to be a place for education.

Q: What about the motivation of this young man?

HICKENLOOPER: There have been reports that maybe he was bullied. Last year, we put in place over $20 million for mental health 24/7 call-in centers & mobile crisis centers, and to train people how to recognize mental illness when you see it. But this kid, by all accounts, didn't exhibit the warning signs of mental illness. Obviously, it's hard to fathom why he would have done this without being somewhat crazy. But bullying does seem to be involved. We have programs now throughout the state, anti-bullying, trying to get kids to deal with that in a more constructive way.

Source: CNN SOTU 2013 interview on 2014 Colorado gubernatorial race Dec 15, 2013

Amy Stephens: Voted NO on parole violation punishment reduction

HB 1360: Parole Violation Punishment Reduction: