The atmosphere prior to the final vote casting on one specific matter before the Denver City Council last Monday was tense. Council president Jolon Clark made a pre-tally statement that subject matter deliberations were "tearing all of us apart."
A nonprofit group recently released a criminal law-focused report that is attracting considerable attention nationally. An article by The Marshall Project focusing upon that study notes that states across the country are "evenly split" on how they view and treat its subject matter.
There are both optimists and pessimists when it comes to assessments regarding the rate of violent crimes committed in Denver.
Here's a workable definition for the expression "fool's errand:" locking people up in prison or releasing them from incarceration without attendant rehabilitation programs to assist them.
We all know there are some problematic cops working in Colorado and across the country. No professional demographic is perfect.
"I think the concept of punishment is supposed to be finite," says one Colorado legislator.
We note on our website at the established Denver criminal defense firm of Shazam Kianpour & Associates a bedrock legal canon of American law. It addresses the prosecutorial role, and is both direct and simple. We duly stress that the government must prove an alleged criminal offender's guilt "beyond a reasonable doubt."
A recent article terms it a "groundbreaking" study focused on an important criminal law topic. It has also been called "remarkable."
The wording of Turn Over a New Leaf is certainly clever. The accompanying details concerning its particulars don't seem to have been too well-considered, though.
Here's a key problem concerning Colorado justice authorities' initial contacts with juveniles who find themselves in trouble with the law: differential treatment is often doled out to young offenders across the state who have similar profiles and are charged with the same types of crimes.