2012 Important Bill To House Juveniles - Charged As Adults - With Other Juveniles Progresses

March 3, 2012  

A very important bill that deserves our support - is now in the Colorado state legislature. The Bill mandates that Juveniles who have been charged as adults have a right to a hearing to determine whether they will be housed with other Juveniles in the juvenile detention center or in the adult jail facility.

Here is the BIll

HB 12-1139: Juveniles Charged as Adults Should be Detained in Juvenile Facilities

On January 20, 2012, Rep. Claire Levy and Sen. Lucia Guzman introduced HB 12-1139 - Concerning a Pretrial Detention of Juveniles Prosecuted as Adults.

The bill prohibits a juvenile who is to be tried as an adult from being held in an adult jail or pretrial facility unless the district court, after a hearing, finds that an adult jail or pretrial facility is the appropriate place of confinement for the juvenile. The bill sets forth a list of factors the district court must consider in making its decision.

The CBA Legislative Policy Committee voted to support this legislation. The bill has cleared the House and is assigned to the Judiciary Committee. The bill is scheduled for Committee review on Monday, February 27 at 1:30 p.m.

Please support his bill.