The Colorado Organization for Victim Assistance (COVA), the Colorado Coalition Against Domestic Violence (CCADV) and the Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CCASA) are asking voters to vote no on Proposition 102. It’s an attempt to have certain defendants pay a cash or secured bond before their trial. The proposal is supported by bail bonds companies but frowned upon by law enforcement agencies.
“Domestic violence is a complex, nuanced issue best addressed by the criminal justice system on a case-by-case basis. The judiciary must have some discretion in order to determine how to best contain and manage domestic violence offenders while balancing the safety, needs and rights of domestic violence victims. Proposition 102 does not serve the best interest of victims or defendants in Colorado; rather, it exploits them to advance the interests of the bail bond industry,” said Amy Miller of CCADV in a statement.
“It is clear that other than the for-profit bail bonds industry, which is the only group that will stand to gain from passage of Prop 102, there is little, if any, support for this measure. Newspapers around the state have editorialized against Prop 102. Countless organizations have issued resolutions against the measure,” added Stefanie Clarke, spokesperson for Citizens to Protect Colorado Communities. “We are confident that voters will choose public safety over profits for the bail bonds industry and reject Prop 102 this November.”
For more information on the opposing stance, visit www.votenoto102.org.