(May 31) – Rep. Pete Lee’s bill to keep 10- to 12-year-olds out of prison was signed in to law by Gov. John Hickenlooper this afternoon.

“We need to take care of our youth and give them the support they need to learn from their mistakes and move on,” said Rep. Lee, D-Colorado Springs. “This law ensures that our 10- to 12- year olds are not put into the Division of Youth Corrections for minor offenses and instead that they receive supportive services and placement in the community.”

HB17-1207 prohibits the incarceration of 10- to 12-year-old children and requires the Department of Human Services to find community placement for children who commit non-violent offenses with an emphasis on keeping families together. Juveniles who commit violent offenses or use firearms can still be placed in a detention facility.

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