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Advocates seeking to pass Colorado cyberbullying law

Late last month, a legislative proposal passed the Colorado House Education Committee unanimously. House Bill 1131 defines the scope of cyberbullying as a criminal offense and would make this kind of offense a misdemeanor in Colorado. Currently, anyone convicted of adult or juvenile charges related to cyberbullying is treated as if they have committed either misdemeanor harassment or felony stalking. If passed, House Bill 1131 would make the crime of cyberbullying straightforward and predictable for sentencing purposes.

Colorado has inspired change in other juvenile justice systems

Last year, Colorado revised its criminal code in a deeply significant way that is now inspiring similar changes in states around the nation. In particular, the Colorado legislature narrowed the scope of circumstances under which prosecutors may take minor offenders out of the juvenile court system and charge them as adults. It also narrowed the ability of the system as a whole to house young offenders in adult correctional facilities. This important shift is inspiring other states to embrace a similar approach to juvenile justice.

False confession rate is higher among teens charged with crimes

False confessions pose a serious impediment to justice. When individuals falsely confess to committing crimes, there is usually a frustrating or unacceptable reason behind the confession. Sometimes individuals confess falsely in order to protect another person or to fulfill some other personal motive. However, others confess falsely due to police or prosecutorial overstepping, coercion and attempts to inspire fear in an accused person.

The reason why one advocate helps juveniles charged with crimes

A woman became an advocate for juveniles charged with crimes following a visit with a young man who had been convicted of two counts of 1st degree murder in 1994.  Though this young man was a juvenile when the alleged crime took place, he was still sentenced to a life sentence without the possibility of parole.

Colorado juveniles not receiving adequate legal representation

According to experts, half of juvenile accused of crimes and considered indigent are not receiving adequate legal advice or representation from attorneys in Colorado.  In the majority of cases juveniles have their cases resolved without ever meeting with legal counsel.  This can include agreeing to plea deals.

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