Colorado district attorneys filed 30 percent more felony cases last year than in the year 2000, a period during which the state's population grew only about eight and a half percent.
The Rocky Mountain News reports that last year the state's 22 district attorneys filed 46-thousand-501 felony cases, up from 35-thousand-770 in 2000.
Drug cases are a big factor in the increase.
Dave Thomas, former Jefferson County district attorney, attributes much of the problem to the emergence of methamphetamine.
Doug Wilson, the state's chief public defender, said term limits have resulted in the replacement of veteran prosecutors with lawyers with less experience who are more likely to file charges.