Our quality of life in Colorado is dependent on effective, responsible crime prevention, and one of the core responsibilities of government is to ensure that our communities and our citizens are safe. I respect and support our law enforcement community and am committed to supporting laws that protect all citizens.
According to FBI statistics, crime rose ~9% in Colorado between 2019 and 2020, the 5th highest increase in the country. We also have the 4th highest recidivism rate in the country. Half of all people released from prison become repeat offenders.
Over the last three years, violent crime has risen 17% in Colorado, including a 47% increase in murder. Commercial burglary is up 48%, auto theft rose 86%, and identity theft 226%. I myself was a victim of identity theft this year. There's also been a 2,400% increase in seizures of fentanyl. This is a direct result of poorly thought-out policy.
Possession and distribution of fentanyl MUST be a felony charge in Colorado.
Our soft-on-crime approach isn’t working, and it’s time to prioritize the safety of law-abiding Coloradans and hold criminals accountable for their illegal actions. Our elected officials cannot continue to say they are working on crime and then vote to allow sexual offenders be released without a bond. My opponent voted for this. This does not protect the citizens of Colorado.
I agree with our Minority Leader, Representative Hugh McKean in that “There are ways to compassionately enforce our laws and make sure that people get the help they need. That should be our focus.”