Public Policy

Creating a better criminal justice system thoughtfully and responsibly

Improving the system

With over 110 years of legal experience and access to experts from every aspect of the criminal justice system, the Colorado District Attorneys’ Council promotes safe and healthy communities for all in our state by collaborating with legislators and stakeholders in developing public policy.

The Team

The CDAC Public Policy Team features some of Colorado’s premier experts in criminal justice issues and related legislation.

Our Work

Our role at the Capitol is to advocate for the shared interests of the state’s district attorneys and the communities they serve.


CDAC’s apolitical advocacy for community safety and health has produced numerous legislative achievements.

CDAC Policy Team

Tom Raynes

Executive Director

For over 15 years, Tom Raynes has been working to promote safe and healthy communities for everyone across our state – first as a district attorney, then as Colorado Deputy Attorney General and now as Executive Director of CDAC. Building a reputation as a trusted and honest voice at the Capitol, Raynes’ leadership is universally respected by stakeholders, advocates and legislators on both sides of the aisle. 

Arnold Hanuman

Deputy Executive Director

Since joining CDAC as Deputy Executive Director in 2013, Arnold Hanuman has managed critical negotiations across diverse stakeholder groups to promote safer and healthy communities across the state. A leading expert in criminal justice legislation, Arnold provides statewide trainings, serves on statewide task forces, improves public policy and has earned deep respect on both sides of the aisle.

Jessica Dotter


Jessica Dotter joined the CDAC team in March of 2021 as Sexual Assault Resource Prosecutor after serving over eight years in the DA offices for the 20th (Boulder) and 4th (El Paso, Teller) judicial districts – six of which were spent prosecuting special victims cases. Jessica utilizes her experience and expertise to analyze legislation and advocate for effective sexual assault policy in Colorado.

“CDAC has one of the most respected voices at the Capitol. You can always count on them to be honest, knowledgeable and committed to the safety and health of people in Colorado.”

Sen. Rhonda Fields


“From my very first session in 2015, I’ve worked with the CDAC Capitol staff on criminal justice issues that protect our communities from harm. Their information and assistance is invaluable.”

Sen. John Cooke


“The CDAC Capitol team are the reliable source of information on criminal justice matters. I go to them for the straight story on legislative proposals and my own bills as well.”

Sen. Bob Gardner

R-Colorado Springs

Our Work at the Capitol

Regardless of whether we support, oppose or remain neutral on a particular piece of legislation, we are dedicated to assisting and collaborating with all legislators to ensure that any bill introduced:

  • Doesn’t conflict with existing statutes and case law
  • Avoids unintended consequences
  • Protects the rights of both defendants and victims
  • Meets Constitutional requirements
  • Can be practically implemented by the courts

Legislative Success

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