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Colorado

Contact Information

Colorado Juvenile Defender Coalition (CJDC) is dedicated to ensuring excellence in juvenile defense and advocacy, and justice for all children and youth in Colorado. CJDC believes all children and youth should experience adolescence free from over-criminalization in a just society that promotes their well-being and provides second chances.

Primary Contact Name: Elise Logemann
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Phone: 303-882-6620
Website: www.cjdc.org 
Twitter: @COJuvieDefender


Legislation

  • Bill Number: 1271 - WIN!

    Type of Reform

    Transfer Reform - Narrowed direct file eligibility by age and offense (now 16 for all offenses), provided all youth facing trial in adult court to ask for a “reverse transfer” hearing during which a judge will decide in which system, juvenile or adult, the youth’s case belongs, and eliminated mandatory minimum sentencing for you convicted of crimes of violence. Youth ages 14 to 15 can now only be considered for adult court in hearings presided over by juvenile court judges. Youth ages 16 to 17 that are direct filed as adults can request a reverse transfer hearing presided over by adult court judges to decide whether the case should be transferred to juvenile court.

    Year: 2012

  • Bill Number: 1139 - WIN!

    Type of Reform

    Transfer Reform - Narrowed direct file eligibility by age and offense (now 16 for all offenses), provided all youth facing trial in adult court to ask for a “reverse transfer” hearing during which a judge will decide in which system, juvenile or adult, the youth’s case belongs, and eliminated mandatory minimum sentencing for you convicted of crimes of violence. Youth ages 14 to 15 can now only be considered for adult court in hearings presided over by juvenile court judges. Youth ages 16 to 17 that are direct filed as adults can request a reverse transfer hearing presided over by adult court judges to decide whether the case should be transferred to juvenile court.

    Year: 2012


Reports

  • Justice Redirected: The Impact of Reducing the Prosecution of Children as Adults in Colorado and the Continuing Need for Sentencing Reform

    Justice Redirected: The Impact of Reducing the Prosecution of Children as Adults in Colorado and the Continuing Need for Sentencing Reform (2015) looks at the impact of the ground-breaking 2012 reforms, examining how many children remain in Colorado’s adult prisons and jails and analyzing the sentencing structure direct-filed youth currently are subject to. The 2012 reforms reflect an approach to juvenile justice that’s both restorative to the child as well as the community as a whole. Although the number of children being prosecuted in adult court has dropped significantly, there’s still more work to be done. The full report outlines all of the data, as well as detailed recommendations for future reforms.

  • Re-Directing Justice Policy

    Re-Directing Justice Policy (2012) provided by the Colorado Juvenile Defender Coalition highlights the negative consequences of harsh direct filing practices and the need to restore judicial oversight.

  • Caging Children in Crisis

    Caging children in crisis (2011) shows why Colorado’s adult jails and prisons are no places for children, and exposes the consequences of placing kids in adult facilities.