DA Brown Distributes Funds to Assist Victims
The Fifth Judicial District Attorney’s Office has begun the process of selecting beneficiaries of the DA5 Charitable Contributions Fund. The district, which spans the counties of Clear Creek, Eagle, Lake, and Summit, accumulates annual funds as a part of its “Plea by Mail” program for transgressors who have committed minor crimes. Those who enter a guilty plea and settle their cases by mail are required to make a $100 charitable contribution before they can begin the process.
“This program brings in about $70,000 annually.” stated District Attorney Bruce Brown. “We want this money to be returned directly to the community in such a way as will benefit our towns and counties by reducing crime and bringing help and support to those who have been victimized by it.”
The office is asking that not-for-profit organizations that either work in some direct way to help prevent crime in their local community, or organizations who work with crime victims, to apply to be beneficiaries of the fund. Previous beneficiaries include Early Childhood Partners, Speak Up Reach Out, Summit County Advocates for Victims of Assault, D.A.R.E, and Crime Stoppers of Clear Creek County.
The DA’s office is encouraging all organizations within District 5 who work to prevent crime, especially among youth, or those that provides services and support to crime victims to apply by August 15, 2014.