Mar 25, 2011 1:02 PM by Greg Boyce
DENVER (AP) - Prosecutors in Arapahoe, Douglas, Elbert and Lincoln counties who won a lot of convictions last year received more than $164,000 in bonuses.
Denver's KUSA-TV reports that Colorado's 18th Judicial District is the only prosecutor's office in the state to give bonuses last year. It cited statistics from the Colorado District Attorney's Council.
The council says most of Colorado's district attorneys have had to freeze or cut their budgets in recent years. Eighteenth Judicial District Attorney Carol Chambers says the bonuses were given to prosecutors who tried at least five felony cases with a 70 percent conviction rate.
Chambers says her office is thrifty and thus had money in its budget for bonuses. She says they boost morale and improve retention.