I will move forward with real criminal justice reform and improve the lives of all residents of the San Luis Valley
It is repulsive that the incarceration rate in the San Luis Valley is the highest in Colorado, and amongst the highest in the nation. Our jails are overcrowded due in large part to the criminalization of poverty and attempts to substitute incarceration for mental health and substance abuse treatment. Overzealous and unwarranted prosecutions have put such a strain on our criminal justice system that it is at a breaking point. The County jails are overcrowded and don’t have the resources to act as social worker, counselor, and psychiatrist. If we don’t help our Counties with the strain on jail services and overpopulation; many of them will be ripe for violations of civil rights.
These issues need to be addressed by a District Attorney who understands the issues facing the San Luis Valley, and I am that person.
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