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Beth McCann - Denver District Attorney

 

Candidate Statement

Denver should be at the forefront of criminal justice reform, and I am uniquely qualified to lead the office in that direction. I have prosecuted the law, supervised and managed lawyers, and made the law as a legislator. My goals include reducing mass incarceration, providing alternatives to jail for youth and those with mental illness and substance abuse, improving the relationship between law enforcement and the community, and increasing transparency and accessibility of the office in the community.

Current Occupation

Colorado State Representative – House District 8

Education

Wittenberg University - Springfield Ohio - B.A.

Georgetown University Law Center - Washington D.C. - J.D.

Family

Married, 2 Children

 

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It’s time for a new direction in the Denver District Attorney’s office. We need a smarter criminal justice system. We need to provide alternatives to jail for kids so one mistake doesn’t ruin a kid’s life. We must provide treatment for those suffering from substance abuse and mental health issues so we aren’t warehousing them in our jails. We are incarcerating too many people in our country, particularly people of color. Denver’s DA needs to be in the community, and the office needs to be accountable and transparent.

The office needs a leader from the outside. I am uniquely qualified to lead the office forward. I have prosecuted the law as a chief deputy district attorney, managed the law as Manager of Safety, and made the law as a state representative.

While I was Denver’s Manager of Safety, I worked with the community to develop the Safe City Plan to keep kids away from drugs, gangs and violence. We reduced juvenile crime by over 20 percent.

In the legislature, I passed laws to strengthen prosecution of human traffickers, to provide due process for young people, to provide funding for survivors of domestic violence, and to make a fourth DUI a felony. I took on the powerful gun lobby by sponsoring Colorado’s universal background check law and the law to keep guns out of the hands of domestic abusers.

I am committed to building trust between our communities and our law enforcement officers but if officers break the law, I will hold them accountable.

I’m Beth McCann. As Denver’s next district attorney I bring the experience and commitment necessary to move the office forward, provide justice for all, and make Denver a national leader in criminal justice reform.