CCJRC4Action is working to eliminate overuse of the criminal justice system, advance racial justice, and provide communities with effective, just, and equitable health and safety solutions. We are pursuing our vision through a variety of electoral and policy strategies, which can be categorized under the following priorities.

District Attorney Accountability

District attorneys prosecute state crimes, decide which charges are filed, and have the power to dismiss charges or divert people to treatment or other programs. They are highly influential in the state Legislature and in local governments, and they frequently impact criminal justice policy and budget decisions.

In Colorado, DAs are elected in each of the state’s 22 judicial districts, all of which will be holding elections in 2020. These races typically receive much less attention than others, so many voters know very little about DA candidates, their positions, and what they plan to do if they are elected.

CCJRC4Action works to educate voters about DA candidates so they can be held accountable to the communities they are entrusted to serve. We host candidate forums, survey candidates on their positions, and endorse those who are most closely aligned with our vision. We also employ grassroots and online campaigns to make our endorsements known.

Know Your DA

Know Your DA [PDF]

Find your judicial district: The Colorado Judicial Branch provides a list of the state’s 22 judicial districts and the counties covered by each. Locate your county in the list, or just enter your city in the “Find your district and county” feature at the top of the page.

Find the DA candidates: The Colorado Secretary of State provides a list of all 2020 general election candidates, which includes all the DA candidates. It also lists each candidate’s political party, whether they are the incumbent, and in some cases their campaign website.

2020 District Attorney Candidate Voter Guides for the General Election:

17th Judicial District (Adams and Broomfield Counties)
Download the JD17 DA 2020 Voter Guide [PDF]

Voter Engagement

Colorado is on the verge of a tipping point when it comes to criminal justice reform. We can improve public safety, advance racial justice, and promote other meaningful change across our state by coming together, raising our collective voice, and demonstrating our political power through voting.

CCJRC4A works to engage, educate and mobilize voters. We aim to build political power in communities most impacted by crime, overcriminalization and mass incarceration, and we are particularly interested in boosting voter engagement among people who have been directly impacted by the criminal justice system. These efforts dovetail with CCJRC’s Voting With Conviction campaign, which works to inform citizens that most people with criminal records — including those on probation and parole, and many currently in jail — are eligible to vote in Colorado.

General Election

Election Day: Tuesday, November 3

Register to Vote: Visit the Colorado Secretary of State’s election website, GoVoteColorado.com, to register online, verify your registration, and update your information. In Colorado, you can register and vote on the same day, including Election Day, at any Voter Service and Polling Center. You must be registered by October 26, 2020 to receive a ballot in the mail.

Vote in Person: Beginning October 26, voters can vote in person at any Voter Service and Polling Center (VSPC). On Election Day, VSPCs will be open 7 a.m.–7 p.m. Find your county clerk’s website for VSPC locations and other local election information.

Vote by Mail: Beginning October 9, ballots will be mailed to every active registered voter in Colorado. Please fill out your ballot, remember to sign it, and mail it back as quickly as possible to ensure it arrives by November 3 at 7 p.m. If you are unsure whether your ballot will arrive through the mail on time, drop it off at a ballot drop-box or drop-off location in your county. If you do not receive a ballot, you can contact your county clerk to request one, or you can vote at a Voter Service and Polling Center in your county. Find your county clerk’s website for VSPC locations and other local election information.

Additional Resources: Visit the Colorado Secretary of State’s website for information on registering and voting. It also includes a list of general election FAQs. If you need help voting or registering to vote, please call Just Vote Colorado’s election hotline at 866-687-8683 (Español: 888-839-8682).

CCJRC4Action Youth Vote!

In Colorado, most people with a criminal record CAN VOTE! Know the law!

Can you vote? Find out at Voting with Conviction!

Policy Reform

Our communities are facing complex problems that require comprehensive policy solutions. We believe those solutions must recognize that citizens, families and communities — and not just police and prosecutors — play an essential role in addressing public safety challenges. And while law enforcement and the criminal justice system will also continue play roles, we believe those roles should be reduced, more humane, and racially equitable.

CCJRC4Action has endorsed the Colorado Criminal Justice Reform’s Equitable Prosecution Statement of Principles to elevate the expectations the community has of elected prosecutors. This platform provides communities with new approaches to community health and safety that are effective, just, and equitable. Through this platform, we aim to advance policy solutions that realize our vision for true reform in Colorado. This includes:

  • Substantial reductions in the number of adults and juveniles who are incarcerated and otherwise under criminal justice supervision.
  • Elimination of racial disparity in the criminal justice system.
  • Increased transparency and accountability for police, prosecutors, and judges.
  • A new policy model for addressing addiction. Specifically, one that is integrated into a health care and trauma recovery framework; grounded in harm reduction principles and practices; and adequately funded to provide treatment on demand at the level needed and in a gender- and culturally responsive manner.
  • A reduction in public funding for police, criminal justice agencies, and adult and youth corrections, and investment of the savings into community-led health, safety and opportunity strategies in communities impacted by higher rates of crime, policing, and incarceration.