Last week, we told you about the decision of the Jefferson County District Attorney's Office to name Miguel Angel Ita, fifteen, as the prosecutorial target in a fatal Lakewood stabbing and begin the procedure to try him as an adult. That process has changed, and not for the better in the view of Je ... More >>
In the vast majority of cases -- even serious cases -- when juveniles are charged with crimes, prosecutors routinely decline to release their names. So it's highly unusual that the Jefferson County District Attorney's Office is sharing the name of fifteen year old Miguel Angel Ita, who's been charg ... More >>
A detailed study of Colorado's juvenile courts by a national coalition of attorneys who specialize in juvenile defense work describes the state system as plagued by turnover, case overload, confusion and judicial shortcuts that sometimes deprive the juveniles in its care of their rights -- and is mo ... More >>
Update: Headlines noting that seventeen-year-old Austin Sigg has been charged as an adult in the kidnapping and killing of Jessica Ridgeway, a ten-year-old Westminster girl, are a bit redundant, since documents to that effect were filed last month; see previous coverage below. But his court visit ye ... More >>
The case against Jesus Cornelio, seventeen, who allegedly caused his toddler cousin's death by shoving him while Facebooking, sparked controversy after he was charged as an adult using a method the Colorado legislature was trying to reform. That bill is now law, but Weld County DA Ken Buck is credit ... More >>
Nearly twenty years after Denver's much-hyped "Summer of Violence" triggered a harsher approach to juvenile offenders statewide, lawmakers are wrestling with two reform bills -- and a new report contends that Colorado's system for moving juvenile cases into adult court isn't working and doesn't prov ... More >>
Juveniles doing time in adult prisons, surrounded by older and stronger criminals, rarely fare well. But juveniles serving sentences of life without parole in the United States face particularly daunting prospects of sexual assault, neglect and long periods of solitary confinement, according ... More >>
The state's focus on youth crime is adjusting to a substantial drop in numbers as the result of a big announcement from the Department of Human Services yesterday. As of last month, the number of Colorado youth committed to juvenile detention programs has decreased to a total lower than any document ... More >>
Laura Clagett.After Hugo's Charles and Laura Clagett were found murdered late last month, local police identified the person of interest only as a teen relative. Now, however, we know that he's Greg Smith, the Clagett's great-grandson, who turns seventeen next week -- because the 18th Judicia ... More >>
Big pics below.Update: We still don't know the specifics about what happened in the murders of Charles and Marilyn Long, and the severe wounding of two of their children, allegedly by their twelve-year-old son -- nor do we know whether he'll be accused as an adult. But with the release of cha ... More >>
Evie HudakIn the dozen years since the Columbine shootings, school officials have become hypervigilant about potential troublemakers in their midst -- so hyper, in fact, that state lawmakers are now seeking a formal review of school disciplinary procedures to determine if principals are too q ... More >>
Big pic below.A petition has been filed in juvenile court regarding a 12-year-old from Burlington suspected of killing his parents, Charles and Marilyn Long, and wounding two siblings. But prosecutor Robert Watson still hasn't decided whether to ask for a transfer to adult court. If he does, ... More >>
Jacob & Mom.Cloaked in secrecy, juvenile court matters are so rarely covered in Colorado that it's been instructive watching the Denver Post fumble a bit in its reporting on Jacob Christenson, the eleven-year-old in Parker charged with second-degree arson over a fire that caused $195,000 in d ... More >>
Last week a reader posted a tip that City Park Dispensary -- which garnered a favorable review from us back in July for its unique strains -- was being forced to close down. Unfortunately, the rumor is true. And the reason has is approximately 100 feet long.
Alan Sudduth was sixteen years old when prosecutors charged him as an adult.Our cover story this week recounts the tale of Alan Sudduth, a juvenile who was sentenced to seventy years in prison in 1996 for the murder of a cab driver -- even though a recent hearing showed that the prosecution's ... More >>
Judge Kerry Hada: What do you think, Angelina?A tall seventeen-year-old boy wearing a hooded sweatshirt and a pair of deejay earphones around his neck stood facing Judge Kerry Hada in Division 191-J of the Denver County Juvenile Court, a small wood-paneled courtroom that was packed this morni ... More >>
Shane Hayden.Firefighters are supposed to save kids, not endanger them. But if accusations against Shane Hayden, 33, are accurate, he reversed the order of this mission in an especially vile way. Last month, according to the Parker Police Department, Hayden contacted an underage girl online ... More >>
I got a call a few weeks ago from Jolt, local graffiti OG and head of the graffiti advocacy group Guerilla Garden. "Hey, man," said Jolt, aka Jeremy Ulibarri. The background was noisy, like a freight train or an... indoor swimming pool? "We're doing that project I was telling you about today. Yo ... More >>
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Tiffany McAdam looks to the future with hope.
Reality Check (Atlantic)
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Running on Empty
Shawna Rush worked with troubled teens. Then she was killed by one.
Denver's Juvenile Court just turned one hundred. The next years could be rough.
Terri Cruz and Arturo Cruz Jr.
To speed up its child welfare system, Denver will need to stop kidding around.
Is life imprisonment the solution for juvenile offenders?
Raoul Wuthrich caught the Jeffco Juvenile Justice System with its pants down.
Communities rely on old techniques for a new style of justice.
What's the real reason the state pulled forty boys from a controversial private prison?
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Whatcha gonna do? Let a private company try to handle your juvenile delinquents?
The legislature says it's payback time for prisoners. So far, the prisoners haven't cooperated.
Colorado gambles millions on a second last chance for violent teens
JUDGE DANA WAKEFIELD IS ACCUSED--AGAIN--OF STALLING ON THE STATE'S LAW FOR ADOPTEES.
A STATE LEGISLATOR FACES LEGAL ACTION ON A TAX DEBT.
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