Matt is currently the Assistant District Attorney in the largest judicial district in the state. The 18th Judicial District has over 1,010,000 residents and boasts the state’s third largest and most diverse city, in Aurora. Matt has been a prosecutor in Colorado for more than 22 years. His experience includes the prosecution of homicides, sexual assault, gang and organized crime, and virtually every type of crime in the criminal code. He has spent more than 13 years serving the citizens of the 18th Judicial District and has dedicated his professional life to the rule of law and public safety.
Since 2013, Matt has led the implementation of many important programs at the District Attorney’s office, including its first domestic violence, human trafficking, elder abuse, and major drug and gang crime units. In recent years, Matt has turned his attention outward to focus on the larger drivers of our broken criminal and juvenile justice systems. Matt is committed to juvenile justice issues and works closely with recognized leaders in the juvenile justice field on policies and proposed legislation and amendments.
As District Attorney, Matt will take a proactive approach – one exemplified by a focus on community engagement and education before the initiation of a criminal case. He believes this type of early intervention is not outside of the legal role of the elected District Attorney, and in fact is the moral responsibility of an elected law enforcement leader.
Some initiatives Matt will seek to implement as District Attorney include:
1. A gun violence prevention and education initiative through collaboration with local law enforcement partners, gun violence prevention experts, legislators, and responsible gun owners.
2. A community engagement office involved in outreach to and education in our diverse and underrepresented communities about access to justice and other relevant issues to the community.
3. A juvenile justice consortium to which the DA’s office will lend its resources and expertise to identify critical intervention points before a juvenile’s entry into the justice system, and work collaboratively to educate and safely divert youth from justice system entanglement.
4. A juvenile mental health task force composed of a collective of law enforcement and mental health professionals tasked with identifying common crisis points for at risk adolescents and with a goal of eradicating the hopelessness and alienation that leads to suicide and other forms of violence.
5. A family justice center – and, until its completion, a survivor resource center – that provides wraparound services to domestic violence, child, and other at-risk victims of crime.
“I believe progressive leadership focused on gun violence prevention, juvenile justice and bail reform, diverting low level, poor, and mentally ill non-violent offenders out of our dangerously overcrowded jails, and wraparound services for victims of familial and sexual violence, are all consistent with public safety. With the finite resources we have available to keep our communities safe, we must be more progressive and proactive. We must blanket victims of crime with the support and resources they need, and we must focus on keeping the most dangerous offenders away from our most vulnerable populations. A shift in thinking is one aspect of necessary change to keep our communities safer by correctly deciding who merely needs help and stability, versus those who need to be taken out of the community to keep our families and children safe. “Please join me as I take these steps to ensure real and lasting safety for your family and all of the community.”
~ Matt Maillaro