Prosecutors’ ability to exercise a wide degree of discretion has the potential to contribute to equitable—or inequitable—outcomes for defendants. This study analyzed felony cases accepted for prosecution by the Denver District Attorney’s Office to understand the presence and extent of racial and ethnic differences at four key points of prosecutorial discretion. Administrative data was supplemented with qualitative interviews to understand the factors that may be contributing to differences. Next steps will examine outcomes to better understand the context and decision-making processes associated with areas of disparities.
Effective. Efficient. Elegant. The “3 E’s” of former Governor John Hickenlooper’s administration focus on ways to improve performance and efficiency in state government. This project looks back on the administration’s performance improvement initiatives to document the experiences, elevate successes, identify challenges, and inform current and future public officials in Colorado and beyond.