DA Race Endorsements! CCJRC4Action endorses Alexis King JD 1 and Amy Padden JD 18 in hotly contested district attorney races
The Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition launched CCJRC4Action to advance electoral and policy strategies aimed at eliminating overuse of the criminal justice system and advancing racial justice in Colorado. This election season, it is focused on promoting prosecutorial accountability and boosting voter engagement, amplifying critical issues in targeted district attorney races and demanding the candidates implement policies that will improve equity, accountability and transparency.
CCJRC4Action engaged with the candidates on a broad spectrum of issues in the hotly contested DA races in Colorado’s 1st, 17th, and 18th judicial districts. It circulated candidate surveys, hosted public candidate forums, and privately conducted interviews with the candidates to determine, regardless of their political affiliation, their level of alignment with the “Equitable Prosecution Statement of Principles” [PDF] designed by CCJRC and endorsed by CCJRC4Action.
CCJRC4Action endorsed Alexis King for DA in JD 1 and Amy Padden for DA in JD 18. They demonstrated they are in alignment with, and they are committed to furthering, a majority of the positions in the statement of principles.
- They recognize the critical need for accountability, transparency, and research-based training for prosecutors within their offices.
- They are strongly committed to implementing formal policies to promote fairness and equity in filing decisions, plea negotiations, and sentence recommendations, as well as increasing the use of diversion, rehabilitative courts, and other community-based alternatives to incarceration.
- They also expressed commitments to employing best practices in the prosecution of youth, limiting use of pretrial detention, and supporting statutory sentencing reform to remedy disproportionate outcomes for communities of color and other overrepresented communities.
CCJRC4Action declined to endorse Matt Durkin, John Kellner, Brian Mason and Tim McCormack. They engaged in rich dialogue with voters and CCJRC4Action on key issues of accountability, equity, and transparency, as well as their roles and responsibilities related to current policies and areas for improvement. We were encouraged by some of the sentiments they expressed regarding the need for sentencing reform and internal office polices related to data tracking and transparency. We were also encouraged when they demonstrated some openness to reviewing filing and charging decisions, as well as policies related to alternatives to pretrial detention. Ultimately, CCJRC4Action declined to endorse them because their positions did not align closely enough with the equitable statement of principles.
CCJRC4Action looks forward to working with the newly elected DAs in each of these three judicial districts to advance policies and other strategies aimed at promoting prosecutorial accountability, eliminating the overuse of the criminal justice system, and advancing racial justice in Colorado. Learn more about our work, or contact campaign manager Leanne Wheeler at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about our endorsements.