Few people in Colorado have not directly experienced crime. From property offenses to violent crimes, every crime leaves a traumatized victim. Whether the wounds are physical, psychological, or financial, it is important to acknowledge the profound effects that a crime can have on its victims. At Common Sense Institute, our goal is to address the economic impact of crime while remaining conscious of the suffering that it causes. Our recent study, titled “The Cost of Crime and its Economic Impact on Colorado: Crime’s Impact on the Economy and Residents” can be found here.
On this episode of Common Sense Digest, Executive Director of CSI Colorado Kelly Caufield welcomes 2023 CSI Owens-Early Criminal Justice Fellows George Brauchler and Mitch Morrissey to the show to discuss the report and provide additional insights on the cost of crime in Colorado. They break down the resources necessary to reduce crime, explore in great detail how the cost of crime was calculated, figure the economic benefit of reducing crime to zero, and much more. Crime affects us all in terms of economic cost, the price of insurance, and quality of life, so this episode is one you’ll want to listen to and share.
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George Brauchler is a 2023 CSI Owens-Early Criminal Justice Fellow and served as the elected District Attorney for the 18th Judicial District (JD), Colorado’s most populous district, which includes Arapahoe, Douglas, Elbert, and Lincoln counties, from 2013-2021. As a state prosecutor, he handled the felony cases from the Columbine High School mass shooting case, the Aurora Theater (Batman) mass shooting case, and recently, the STEM Academy school mass shooting case.
Mitch Morrissey is also a 2023 CSI Owens-Early Criminal Justice Fellow and was the elected District Attorney of Denver, Colorado from November 2004 until January 2017. Prior to 2004, Mitch was a trial lawyer in the Denver District Attorney’s office. Mitch is internationally recognized for his expertise in DNA technology, applying that technology in criminal prosecutions, and working to ensure that DNA science is admissible in court. He has trained law enforcement officers and prosecutors throughout the United States, in the Middle East, in Central America, and Canada.