House Approves Limits on Prosecuting Juveniles as Adults

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

Denver (AP) The house has approved a measure requiring judges to review decisions by district attorneys to prosecute 14 and 15-year-olds as adults.

The vote came Tuesday. The bill now goes back to the senate for consideration of amendments.

Supporters argue that prosecutors are elected officials who are under public pressure to be tough on crime.

Boulder Democratic Rep. Claire Levy says children have been thrown in adult jails because prosecutors didn't want to look soft.

Opponents say judges also have to face voters, and there's no evidence they would treat cases differently.

Colorado's Get-Tough-On-Juveniles Law was passed in 1993 in a special session after a summer of gang violence that left a number of people dead.

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