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Racial Disparities and Prosecutorial Discretion

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.

Reducing Recidivism for Justice-Involved Individuals with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

TBI, a serious public health issue, often reduces executive function and impulse control which can increase criminal behavior and make it more difficult to successfully complete probation or parole. Approximately 50% of incarcerated individuals have TBI. This project examined the impact of a screening program that offers training and support for probationers identified with a TBI-related cognitive impairment and the probation officers who supervise them.

Reentry Systems Mapping

Each year, the state of Colorado releases about 9,600 people on parole, many of whom face pressing needs for housing, employment, education, health services, and other stabilization supports as they transition into the community. This project describes the range of available reentry services and provides an overview of the policies that shape them.