Juveniles have an incomplete sense of responsibility and risk and should not be treated like adults in the criminal justice system. CCDI opposes housing juveniles in adult jails or prisons, and believes that juveniles should not be transferred to adult court or subjected to direct file except in very limited circumstances.
Juvenile offenders deserve a chance at reform, and our laws should give them the opportunity to chart a course for a better future. Colorado’s juvenile code should allow for youths to be diverted from the juvenile justice system. Alternative sanctions should be used to emphasize the positive, build healthy relationships, address the harm committed and restore the relationship between youths and their community. While schools should be sanctuaries of safety and learning, school officials should not lean on in-school law enforcement or the juvenile justice system to remedy disciplinary problems.