Hautzinger Appointed to Governor's New Commission

Governor Bill Ritter announced on Monday the names of the people who will serve on his new Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice. Mesa County District Attorney Pete Hautzinger was one of them.

The commission will take a look at the entire Colorado justice system, particularly, sentencing laws.

It hopes to clarify what kinds of sentences criminals should receive for committing different levels of crimes. It will also look at ways to prevent criminals from committing crimes again, once they have been released.

Hautzinger says he is honored the Governor selected him to serve on the commission. He says he applied for the position because it was important for him to on the ground floor to help fix a problem he really cares about.

"I'd rather be part of the commission that's making changes rather than just complaining about them from the sidelines," said Hautzinger.

Hautzinger will serve on the commission for two years.