District attorneys across the Colorado summarily rejected a legislative proposal to lower the degree of penalty for most non-violent crime. They do this in spite of empirical evidence that such legislation would augment public safety and lower costs sustained by the Department of Corrections. They do this because they are fundamentally not public servants with the publics beast interest at heart but rather politicians who care more for re-election then the public they falsely serve.
Their rejection of science begs a larger number of questions. Are Colorado’s district attorneys working for the long-term good of the state as a whole? Do they fear the reprisal of their right wing conservative base more then doing whats right for the State and its citizens? Or do they simply work for the Department of Corrections, helping perpetuate the “revolving door” and supplying free labor for the DOC? Not to mention those who profit from prisons--like our former Govener, Bill Owens who had a direct financial stake in prison services.