DENVER – A group of 13 prosecutors from Baja, Mexico has spent the last week undergoing a five-day training seminar at the Colorado Department of Law. The seminar, which is sponsored by USAID through the Conference of Western Attorneys General, is part of the ongoing efforts of six Mexican states working to overhaul their criminal justice systems. The goal is to replace the current inquisitorial system, which is based almost entirely on written procedure, with an oral, adversarial system similar to that of the United States.
“Throughout Mexico, police, investigators, prosecutors, and judges are standing up to the drug cartels and we are appreciative of their help to American law enforcement,” commented Attorney General Suthers. “As Mexico continues the transition of its justice system, Colorado is very pleased to provide training to assist in that effort.”
This is the second group of law enforcement personnel to come to Colorado for training. Attorney General Suthers welcomed several investigators from Baja in November of last year. Agencies participating in the training include the Adams County Sheriff’s Office, Colorado Bureau of Investigation, 17th Judicial District Attorney’s Office, National Association of Attorneys General, and Conference of Western Attorneys General. The training is being conducted at no expense to the State of Colorado.