Data can drive Colorado’s crime prevention efforts
In a recent op-ed in the Denver Post, Denver District Attorney Beth McCann detailed new efforts to address crime, including gun violence.
–A new statewide effort, with prosecutors and academics, focused on using data to better analyze crime, to “think about new ways to maximize public safety, enhance fairness and create a new system of accountability to the public.”
–Colorado has been chosen for a Microsoft Justice Reform Initiative, to be launched in summer, 2023, which will help prosecutors manage their offices efficiently and measure progress toward goals. Data can also help increase transparency about prosecutorial decision-making, the constraints prosecutors navigate, and how their decisions link to broader justice and public safety outcomes.
–A new program to address youth violence by intervening in possession of handguns.
–A new firearms relinquishment investigator who gets guns out of the hands of alleged domestic violence offenders while a case is pending.
–Expanding diversion and restorative justice programs, which are helping to keep convicts from returning to crime.