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Bill Detail: HB22-1131

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Title Reduce Justice-involvement For Young Children
Status House Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass (05/10/2022)
Bill Subjects
  • Children & Domestic Matters
  • Crimes, Corrections, & Enforcement
House Sponsors S. Gonzales-Gutierrez (D)
J. Bacon (D)
Senate Sponsors D. Coram (R)
J. Gonzales (D)
House Committee Judiciary
Senate Committee Judiciary
Date Introduced 01/21/2022
Summary

The bill changes the minimum age of a juvenile who is subject to
the juvenile court's jurisdiction. Under current law, juveniles who are 10
years of age and older can be prosecuted in juvenile court. The bill
removes juveniles who are 10, 11, and 12 years of age from the juvenile
court's jurisdiction and increases the age for a prosecution in juvenile

court to 13 years of age; except in the case of a homicide, then the
juvenile court's jurisdiction extends to juveniles who are 10, 11, and 12
years of age.
The bill changes the minimum age of a county court's concurrent
original jurisdiction with the district court in criminal actions that
constitute misdemeanors or petty offenses to a person who is 13 years of
age.
The bill changes the minimum age of a municipal court's
jurisdiction for a charge of a municipal offense to a person who is 13
years of age.
The bill clarifies that juveniles who are 10, 11, and 12 years of age
may be taken into temporary custody by law enforcement for safety and
then may be referred to appropriate services. Existing funding used to
serve children who are 10, 11, and 12 years of age through the Colorado
youth detention continuum may continue to serve those children.
Under current law, a juvenile court may transfer the juvenile to
district court for criminal proceedings under certain conditions. The bill
eliminates the ability for the juvenile court to transfer the juvenile to the
district court for juveniles who are 12 or 13 years of age. Furthermore, for
a juvenile who is 14 years of age or older, the bill changes the current
authority of the juvenile court to transfer the juvenile's case for any
delinquent act that constitutes any felony to only any delinquent act that
constitutes a class 1 or class 2 felony or a crime of violence.
The bill extends certain sentencing limitations that are currently
provided to juveniles who are 10 or 11 years of age to juveniles who are
13 or 14 years of age.

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