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Deportation fears change court process in Denver, city allowing mail-in pleas

Article subtitle: 
Pilot program is underway in traffic court
Article CAIRCO note: 
From the article: The city attorney is also working on a series of sentencing reforms that could keep some people from being deported.
Article author: 
Liz Gelardi
Article publisher: 
The Denver Channel
Article date: 
May 11, 2017
Article category: 
Colorado News
Medium
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Fears of deportation kept many people from showing up to court and prompted a policy change allowing some to skip certain hearings.

Denver is now allowing people to mail in a plea for traffic court ...

"Because of their fear of coming into the courthouse, they weren’t showing up for their hearings which only made their legal situation worse," said Denver City Attorney Kristin Bronson.