April 6, 2012

SandBoxBlogs: Pueblo Chieftain "Adult charges against juvies put in judges' hands "

Patrick Malone:
"DENVER — Juveniles will get court hearings in most cases before being charged with crimes as adults, if Gov. John Hickenlooper is on board.
On Thursday, the Colorado Senate gave final approval to a Pueblo lawmaker’s bill that limits prosecutors’ authority to directly file adult charges against juveniles.

A 22-13 vote passing the measure followed hours of debate and failed attempts to amend HB1271, sponsored by Sens. Angela Giron, D-Pueblo, and Tim Neville, R-Littleton.

Giron characterized the bill as a step to assure that decisions that can set the course for the rest of a young person’s life are appropriate..."  (Read more?  Click title)

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