1st Judicial District Lawyer race: Two veteran prosecutors face off in Jefferson, Gilpin counties


A would-be reformer is taking up a longtime prosecutor within the district legal professional race for Jefferson and Gilpin counties this fall.
1st Judicial District Lawyer candidates Alexis King, left, and Matthew Durkin
Democrat Alexis King is dealing with off with Republican Matthew Durkin within the contest to switch term-limited Peter Weir as the first Judicial District’s prime prosecutor.
Each carry vital expertise as prosecutors within the district, however plan to take totally different approaches if elected.
Durkin is a 20-year veteran of the district legal professional’s workplace, the place he works as chief deputy district legal professional. He’s been within the workplace in varied roles since 1996, except for a four-year stint as a prosecutor on the Colorado Lawyer Basic’s workplace between 2011 and 2015.
King spent a decade as a deputy district legal professional within the 1st Judicial District Lawyer’s workplace, between 2007 and 2017, after which served as a Justice of the Peace choose in Denver County Courtroom.
She’s working on the promise of implementing three important reforms within the district legal professional’s workplace, together with increasing and revising the workplace’s diversion program, reforming the district’s bail and bond practices to restrict incarceration, and amassing and sharing information on any racial disparities within the workplace’s prosecutions in order that any such points could be corrected.

She stated in an interview with The Denver Put up that her previous efforts — together with establishing a program for youngsters accused of sexting that targeted on training and rehabilitation somewhat than legal convictions — have ready her for the function.
“I simply watched on the very starting of the race, 4 males put their palms as much as be the following district legal professional, and plenty of them have been speaking about this sort of stuff, and nobody had already completed it in the way in which I had,” she stated.
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Durkin stated if he’s elected, he’ll deal with directing defendants into efficient therapy for drug dependancy and can purpose to decrease the counties’ recidivism charges.
“It doesn’t do the offenders any good to maintain coming again, so we’re clearly lacking alternatives to attempt to assist them get out of the system,” he stated. “In the event that they’re out of the system, which means future victims aren’t going to be there, and naturally it’s an enormous price range financial savings for all of us when it comes to our assets on the district legal professional’s workplace. As a result of crime is pricey.”
He additionally needs to extend transparency within the district legal professional’s workplace, he stated, and envisions making a “citizen advisory board” of residents who may very well be in common, direct contact with the workplace and provide suggestions on the district legal professional’s actions.
These residents wouldn’t assessment circumstances or affect the district legal professional’s selections forward of charging or prosecution, Durkin stated, however the workplace would define their findings and clarify their rationale to the group after the choices have been made.


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