As a new law compelling the District Attorneys of Colorado to turn over to Colorado Judges the decision to file criminal cases against adults in adult or juvenile court – is winding it’s way to the Colorado Governor’s desk.
This bill deserves our support.
At present The decision to try a 14, 15, 16 or 17-year-old as an adult in each case is made by one person — a District Attorney. District Attorneys are not required to follow any guidelines and do not have to document how they made their decision. There are no checks and balances and no hearing before a judge. Prosecutors generally make decisions about whether to “direct file” children within 72 hours.