Colorado lawmakers back off sentencing reform
DENVER, Colorado ” Facing opposition from district attorneys, Colorado lawmakers are dropping a plan to overhaul sentencing laws this year.
Instead, they hope to prod the state’s criminal justice commission to tackle the issue.
Senate Majority Leader Brandon Shaffer announced the change of course on Tuesday at a news conference called by prosecutors to denounce the sentencing reform bill.
Shaffer says sponsors are rewriting the bill to direct the commission to recommend changes, with possible benchmarks or deadlines for action.
Attorney General John Suthers and DAs from across the state had assembled outside the Capitol to oppose the current version and welcomed the change.
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Suthers warns that proposed changes may not be ready by the next session of the Legislature.