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Study shows unfairness in community service sentencing

When Colorado residents imagine community service sentencing, they may think of it as a beneficial program that helps people avoid jail time without paying costly fines that they cannot afford. However, one study indicates that community service can further entrench some of the very problems it is touted to alleviate. Most people who are sentenced to community service have low incomes, and they opt for community service because they cannot pay a fine and do not want to deal with extensive court debt that could spark later legal repercussions.

Are sobriety checkpoints legal in Colorado?

Whether hanging out with your buddies near Colorado College or planning a trip to Denver to see your favorite band at the Pepsi Center, you may want to mix some booze with the festivities. If you drive after your blood alcohol concentration climbs above Colorado’s 0.08% legal limit, though, you may find yourself in the middle of a DUI stop

Arrest rates soar despite falling crime

Police departments in Colorado and around the country are arresting people in record numbers despite plummeting crime rates, according to a recent RAND Corporation study. The violent crime rate in the United States has fallen by almost 50% since 1993, but Americans today are far more likely to be taken into custody by the age of 26 than members of previous generations. Almost one in four Americans born between 1979 and 1988 have at least one arrest on their records. Only 6.4% of those born before 1949 have been taken into custody.

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