Charging Juveniles as Adults

By: Kieran Wilson Email
By: Kieran Wilson Email

A bill that would put limits on prosecuting juveniles as adults passed the House today and is now on its way back to the Senate.

The bill would require judges to review decisions by district attorney's to prosecute 14 and 15 year-olds as adults. Supporters of the measure say prosecutors are elected officials who are under public pressure to be tough on crime, and opponents of the bill say judges also have to face voters and there's no evidence they would treat cases differently.

In the past three years in Mesa County out of 74 juvenile cases only eight were charged as adults, of those only one has gone to prison. District Attorney Pete Hautzinger says he does not abuse his power and strongly opposes the bill.

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