Sentencing options for Colorado youth explored
DENVER (AP) – Colorado lawmakers will consider whether juvenile delinquents should be given a chance to make amends for their crimes instead of being sent to prison.
A bill up for review in the House Judiciary Committee would emphasize the option known as “restorative justice,” which favors restitution instead of imprisonment. Colorado law already allows the restorative justice options for juveniles during advisement, plea entry, sentencing or probation but House Bill 1032 would make some of those provisions mandatory.
The measure would require juveniles to undergo a presentence evaluation to determine whether the alternative sentencing option should be offered.
The bill will be heard Tuesday afternoon.
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