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Nearly half of all people released from prison in Colorado return in 3 years. A $1.1 million program aims to reverse the trend.

The No. 1 concern state leaders are hearing from business owners is that it’s hard to find employees to fill their current job openings. And for that reason, the timing for a new initiative to encourage businesses to employ formerly incarcerated people in Colorado couldn’t come at a better time, Gov. Jared Polis said on […]

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Denver-based debt collector must return $475K to Washington consumers

SEATTLE — A Denver-based collection agency must return about $475,000 it collected improperly from up to 5,000 Washington consumers after state Attorney General Bob Ferguson prevailed in a lawsuit alleging unlawful debt-collection practices. Ferguson’s office says Machol & Johannes must also forgive as much as $250,000 in fees and costs for hundreds of people, and […]

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District attorney in northeast Colorado pleads guilty to drug charge, misconduct

A district attorney who serves a large area of northeastern Colorado pleaded guilty Monday to a drug charge stemming from an investigation by the state’s attorney general. Brittny Lewton, who serves Colorado’s 13th Judicial District, struck a deal with prosecutors in the attorney general’s office and pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance, unlawful […]

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Colorado’s settlement with mobile home park operator could provide path for other tenants seeking justice

A Utah-based mobile home park operator must repay metro-Denver-area residents nearly $150,000 in wrongly withheld security deposits, arbitrary fees and improperly charged attorneys fees as the result of a settlement reached with the Colorado attorney general’s office last week. The investigation signaled a warning to other park managers that abuses that have frequently been the […]

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U.S. Supreme Court rejects Colorado appeal in excessive business fines case that AG says creates “huge loophole”

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected Colorado’s attempt to close what it calls a loophole that allows businesses to avoid some regulatory sanctions by, in part, saying they’re too poor to pay penalties. Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser, a Democrat, said the decision could hurt the state’s ability to ensure businesses are following regulations […]

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Former Colorado priest up for possible parole in sex abuse case; was named in attorney general’s report

FORT COLLINS — A former Roman Catholic priest imprisoned for sexually assaulting a teen in Colorado is up for possible parole. The Coloradoan reports that 57-year-old Timothy Evans told the parole board Monday that he is “absolutely” guilty of abuse but has learned to identify his triggers for abusive behavior and has created a risk management plan […]