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Colorado to continue prosecuting kids as young as 10

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Colorado will continue to prosecute kids as young as 10 years old after a plan to raise the age to 13 failed for the second year in a row at the state Capitol. 

The proposal — opposed by police officers, district attorneys and state child welfare officials — made it through the House after an emotional debate but stalled in the Senate after about 10 hours of battle over multiple days. Instead, senators replaced the 55-page bill with a 13-page “strike below” amendment, or a rewrite of essentially everything below the bill title, on the second-to-last day of the legislative session.

The new version allows prosecutors to continue charging kids ages 10-12 but says they can refer them to community services outside the juvenile justice system. It provides $1.5 million…

Jennifer Brown

2023-05-09 04:00:00

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