Coronavirus In Colorado: Jefferson County, CO Not Arresting Suspects In Many Lower-Level Cases
JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4) — In an effort to reduce the potential for an outbreak of the coronavirus in jail, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office is changing its standards when it comes to arresting people suspected of traffic offenses, misdemeanors and non-violent felonies. First-time DUI offenders, other misdemeanor or municipal custodial offenders, and people accused of non-violent felonies will not be arrested — except in cases that require an advisement under the Victims Rights Act or if there is a direct threat to public safety.
“While these actions are not ideal, we have to make preparations and take preventative measures to best ensure the public’s safety as well as that of first responders,” Jefferson County Sheriff Jeff Shrader stated.
The following arrest standards are in effect for the Jefferson County Jail through May 31, unless discontinued or extended:
“When the new arrest standards are lifted, any leniency afforded through them will no longer apply and most county detention facilities will have an abundance of jail beds available,” officials stated.
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