Why is this important? Not all individuals are equally likely to come into contact with the justice system. Systemic drivers–such as neighborhood and access to education, employment opportunities, and health resources–can impact involvement. In addition, based on wealth, some defendants may be better positioned to get “out” of the system–for example, to pay bail, afford private counsel, or access treatment. Effective prosecution strategies should consider ways to ensure that cases are processed fairly, in light of these differences.
This office recognizes that not all individuals identify with binary male and female categories. Current data collection processes do not account for such non-binary definitions.
Cases are filed based solely on facts and evidence provided through law enforcement investigation. Data reflecting race and ethnicity is information collected during the investigation. This data may have limitations.
Please see the “Race” definition in the Demographics section under the Technical Notes tab for a complete description.
Data here only accounts for criminal history of defendants in judicial districts participating in the Colorado Prosecutorial Dashboards Project (the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 10th, 12th, 17th, 18th, 20th, and 21st). We do not have information on cases filed outside these jurisdictions nor do the measures reflect cases from Colorado municipal courts or cases from outside the state of Colorado. Criminal history relies on data since 2007. For these reasons, the criminal history data may be incomplete.
Below are a set of indicators that provide additional context about defendant characteristics. These indicators help the DA's Office reduce disparities in the criminal system and ensure we are treating all individuals fairly.
Violent offenses may come with increased or mandatory incarceration compared to non-violent offenses. Our priority in cases involving violent offenses is protecting the victim and the community.
- Underlying data counts for each chart can be accessed through this link.
- Data on defendant demographics, including race and ethnicity, is reported to the DA’s Office by law enforcement agencies. Law enforcement currently captures this data through various mechanisms: (1) by linking to prior criminal history records, (2) by scanning a Colorado ID or driver’s license, (3) through fingerprint technology, or (4) based on the officer’s “perceived demographic information of the person contacted” (as required by HB21-1250). Officer assumptions have the potential to lead to inaccurate or inconsistent data.
- In benchmarking against the Colorado Division of Criminal Justice we found that individuals identified as Hispanic are underreported in our data.