In the state of Colorado, when 14-17 year old children are charged as adults in criminal court, C.R.S. §19-2-517 gives prosecutors sole decision making power and denies children the right to a hearing before a judge on the life changing decision of whether their case should be heard in juvenile court or adult court.
What Can Change Look Like?
House Bill 12-1271 would reform Colorado’s Direct File laws to give children a hearing before a judge on the critically important questions of whether they should be charged as adults or children.
When Is House Bill 12-1271 Being Presented?
The bill will be heard before the Judiciary Committee on March 8, 2012, at 1:30 p.m. in the basement of the capitol.