Criminal Justice

DA Morrissey's hire of nephew spurs accusation of nepotism

DA Morrissey's hire of nephew spurs accusation of nepotism

“Other investigators have to help him do his job, which puts a burden on those investigators. While he is gone doing ride alongs his work has to be done by other investigators. If he was qualified for the job this wouldn’t be happening,” the source said.

By Todd Shepherd · December 4, 2016 · Comments are Disabled · Criminal Justice, Denver, Legal
New study calls Colorado parole reforms into question

New study calls Colorado parole reforms into question

The authors of the study concluded that HOPE or “Sure and Swift” managements seemed “unlikely to offer better outcomes and lower costs for broad classes of moderate-to-high-risk probationers.”

By Todd Shepherd · November 21, 2016 · Comments are Disabled · Criminal Justice, Gold Dome
The closer: Climate crusader Al Gore makes final argument for Democrats in Colorado

The closer: Climate crusader Al Gore makes final argument for Democrats in Colorado

For the left, Al Gore is the perfect surrogate to close out this year’s election in Colorado. He’s national politics, left-wing politics and climate politics all rolled into one.

By Simon Lomax · November 8, 2016 · Comments are Disabled · Criminal Justice, Economy, Elections, Energy, Environment, Gold Dome, National, Politics
Analysis: DOC conducting internal investigation on overtime abuse

Analysis: DOC conducting internal investigation on overtime abuse

Complete Colorado identified a handful of parole officers who were earning an additional 50 to 100 percent of their base pay through overtime in recent consecutive months.

By Todd Shepherd · October 3, 2016 · Comments are Disabled · Criminal Justice
Boulder parolee's mother sits on Governor's Corrections Advisory Council

Boulder parolee's mother sits on Governor's Corrections Advisory Council

The mother of a convicted rapist recently released on parole in the Boulder area sits on the Governor’s Community Corrections Advisory Council, according to numerous documents.

By Todd Shepherd · September 29, 2016 · Comments are Disabled · Criminal Justice, Gold Dome
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Blake: Amendment 72 and the twisted logic of hiking tobacco taxes

With all these worthy charities counting on additional tax money for their budgets, you’d be doing them a favor by smoking more, not less.

By Peter Blake · September 16, 2016 · Comments are Disabled · Criminal Justice, Elections, Peter Blake, Taxes, Uncategorized
Blake: Buck's 'Blue Lives Matter' bill misses the mark

Blake: Buck's 'Blue Lives Matter' bill misses the mark

The American Civil Liberties Union long ago made social welfare reform more of a priority than protection of constitutional rights, so it isn’t surprising that it has supported hate crime laws.

By Peter Blake · July 30, 2016 · Comments are Disabled · Civil Liberties, Constitutional Law, Criminal Justice, Legal, National, Peter Blake, Uncategorized
DOC employee: It's not the reforms, it's the leadership

DOC employee: It's not the reforms, it's the leadership

Is this what the citizens of Colorado expect from its appointed and other public officials? We are seeing criminal behavior from parolees that is considered at the high levels of government to be merely “technical” in nature. This is deceptive and wrong.

By Anonymous Department of Corrections Employee · April 28, 2016 · Comments are Disabled · Criminal Justice, Gold Dome, Politics

Parolee Joaquin Garcia arrested after absconding

Garcia has recently been arrested and is in the custody of the El Paso County Jail under “no bond” status.

By Todd Shepherd · April 1, 2016 · Comments are Disabled · Criminal Justice
Parolee slips ankle monitor, but DOC says don't file escape charges

Parolee slips ankle monitor, but DOC says don't file escape charges

“Mr. Clifton’s escape was staffed with Deputy Director Alison Morgan of the Division of Adult Parole; she has mandated officers not to file an escape filing at this time.”

By Todd Shepherd · March 24, 2016 · Comments are Disabled · Criminal Justice