Criminal Justice

The criminal justice system in both Colorado and the nation as a whole is in desperate need of reform. We need to change the ways we approach law enforcement, criminal prosecution and defense, and sentencing.

• Train police forces to manage mental health crises

• Train police forces in non-violent threat management techniques

• Prohibit cities and municipalities from using taxpayer funds to settle civil abuse-of-force lawsuits

• Remove mandatory minimums for all non-violent offenses

• Increase the length of statute of limitations on sex crimes

• Study and remedy the severe racial disparities in arrests and convictions

• Prevent people convicted of domestic violence from purchasing or possessing guns

• Divest the state from the funding and use of private prisons

• Hold Colorado Correctional Industries accountable for violations of regulations and statutes, including:

Require CCI to fund the Colorado DoC services mandated by statute, and run regular audits to ensure they continue to adhere to statutes

Prohibit the CCI from making a profit from inmate phone services o Perform quarterly audits of CCI financials and inmate services, including the recidivism and post-incarceration employment rates of released inmates

Remove the requirement that state-funded institutions purchase prisoner-made furniture from CCI without needing waivers