Former DA Gov. Bill Ritter Vetos juvenile justice bill

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Denver (AP) Gov. Bill Ritter vetoed a law that would have undone part of a juvenile justice law he helped pass when he was a Denver prosecutor during 1993's so-called summer of violence.

Ritter vetoed house bill 1208 Thursday that would have given judges the ability to review prosecutors' decisions to file adult charges against juveniles accused of violent crimes.

In his veto letter, Ritter said the bill would have changed a system that has not been shown to be defective.

The bill was opposed by the state's sheriffs, Attorney General John Suthers and the department of corrections, which runs the youthful offender system. The facility in pueblo has its own high school and offers substance abuse and mental health counseling.

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