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Common Sense Institute links mild crime policies, high crime rates in Colorado

DENVER (KDVR) – A think tank and former district attorneys say something needs to be changed at a high level regarding Colorado’s crime, or it could get worse.

The The Common Sense Institute published a study on Thursday about crime in Colorado and its potential causes. Former district attorneys George Brauchler and Mitch Morrisey are co-authors of the study.

Former prosecutors said the problem was with current state judges and district attorneys, who kept at-risk offenders out of jail.

Colorado’s crime rate cannot simply be blamed on the pandemic, the study said. Instead, the pandemic has increased crime rates, which have increased over the past decade by many types.

From 2011 to 2020, crime has increased against the national trend in Colorado. Rape increased 7%, assault increased 40%, homicide rate increased 106% and motor vehicle theft rate increased by 135%, making this the worst motor vehicle theft rate in the country.

These trends continue into 2021. The average monthly crime rate in 2021 is 19% higher than just two years earlier.

Common Sense Institute research blames policies that have wiped out prisons and prisons.

In the years from 2008 to now, Colorado’s correctional system population has decreased by 23%. During the same time period, its annual crime increased by 47%.

Three contributing issues: low-value or personally identifiable bonds, more amnesty for felonies, and imprisonment early in the COVID pandemic.

Personal Recognition, or PR, bond requires no money to be released from pre-trial detention. Over the past two years, PR bonds in Denver have grown 61%. The number of bonds that cost just $1 or $2 has gone from virtually nonexistent between 2017-19 to more than 1,000 bonds between 2020 and 2021.

https://kdvr.com/news/local/common-sense-institute-links-soft-crime-policies-high-colorado-crime-rates/ Common Sense Institute links mild crime policies, high crime rates in Colorado

Emma Bowman

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