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Legal settlement will ensure timely mental health care for inmates

Colorado has agreed to hire an independent consultant to ensure that its mental health system doesn't violate inmates' rights to a speedy trial. The agreement...

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.