Denver (AP) Gov. Bill Ritter signed into law a measure that gives judges alternatives for juvenile delinquents, allowing them to meet with victims and court officials to perform community service instead of going to detention facilities.
It's part of a new trend called restorative justice because it forces juveniles to repay, repair and restore the damage they cause.
Ritter says it's a good alternative that doesn't turn them into hardened criminals.
In signing the bill Monday, Ritter says juvenile offenders will have to take responsibility for the consequences of their actions, and learn that the decisions they make, both good and bad, will affect the course of their life.