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A governor’s warrant is the document permitting an asylum state to arrest a fugitive from another state. When a suspected fugitive is wanted by Colorado, Colorado authorities must:
compose a warrant in accordance with the procedures of the Uniform Criminal Extradition Act (UCEA); and
have it signed by the governor of the asylum state; and
list it with the United States National Crime Information Center (NCIC).2
For a governor’s warrant to be valid, it must include:
the asylum state governor’s signature sealed with the state seal;
directions to the police who will make the arrest (“execute the warrant”); and
a substantial recitation of the facts3
2.1. Which governor signs the warrant?
The governor on the receiving end of the request is the one who signs the governor’s warrant. So when Colorado wants a fugitive returned to Colorado, the governor of the other asylum state must sign the governor’s warrant.4 In addition, the governor of the asylum state is responsible for ensuring that the specific procedures for extradition have all been followed.
Every defendant is entitled to a hearing to fight extradition.
3. Which states follow the Uniform Criminal Extradition Act?
48 of the 50 states in the U.S. have adopted the Uniform Criminal Extradition Act (UCEA). So while every state is a little different, these 48 states largely follow the same extradition procedures as outlined in the UCEA. The only two states that have not adopted the UCEA are:
So if a fugitive from Colorado ever escapes to Missouri or South Carolina, Colorado would need to follow their specific laws in attempt to extradite the fugitive.5
4. What crimes will Colorado pursue extradition for?
Although Colorado can pursue fugitives suspected of minor offenses, it generally seeks to extradite only people suspected of major crimes such as murder, sexual assault, drug trafficking, and grand theft.
The reason is that the extradition process can be expensive. It is not uncommon for the process to cost between $2,000 to $4,000 or more, depending on the facts of the case.
Still, there might be circumstances where the state feels it is “worth it” to pull a person back – even for a lesser offense. This is especially true when a case has received mediaattention or has an impact on the political process.
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