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DA consortium on Zenzinger fortune cookies: No crime here

With less than a week to go before the votes are counted in her hotly-contested district, Colorado state Senate candidate Rachel Zenzinger is working...

Bonding bill fails to move out of committee

Democrats and one Republican voted against passing a law that would have caused bond agents to forfeit the bail of an individual if they are found to be an illegal immigrant and removed from the court's jurisdiction.

Lawmakers deal with Ritter, DAs to reform system that charges youth...

Draft legislation that would limit the power of Colorado district attorneys to charge 14- and 15-year-olds as adults was watered down this week by sponsor Rep. Claire Levy, D-Boulder, who said that, although the bill enjoys the support of a majority of lawmakers, former D.A. now-Governor Bill Ritter, a strong proponent of D.A. discretion in these matters, said he would veto the original version of the bill.

Colorado criminally failing youth suspects

DENVER-- Juveniles charged as adults in Colorado and awaiting trial as inmates in adult prisons find themselves part of a system that fails to educate them, provide them equal access to services like mental health care or even to ensure they are housed according to strict safety guidelines. People involved in the system admit to not knowing how many young people charged as adults are presently being held by the state and in which prisons. Colorado sheriffs frankly admitted to the Colorado Independent that their adult facilities are inappropriate for managing juvenile detention.