The Honorable John Hickenlooper Office of the Governor 136 State Capitol Denver, CO 80203-1792
Dear Gov. Hickenlooper:
Thank you for signing House Bill 12-1271, concerning juvenile direct file limitations.
We know it was a difficult decision. But like you, we think the fact that it garnered broad bipartisan support despite the sometimes contentious debate signifies it is good policy that reflects the views of a wide range of Coloradans.
Gov. John Hickenlooper last week signed into law a piece of legislation that will place limits and safeguards on the ability to directly file charges against youthful offenders in adult court. We are pleased with his decision to sign House Bill 12-1271, because this legislation recognizes the large body of research showing that prosecuting teens as adults makes it less likely that they will be rehabilitated and become productive members of society.