February 20, 2006
More on teen crime, adult time in Colorado
As first noted here, the Denver Post this week is running a potent four-part series about juvenile justice in Colorado under the heading of "Teen Crime, Adult Time." Today's main article, available here, examines felony murder convictions and it concludes with this overview of the entire series:
Day one: Colorado prosecutors have used an unusual combination of laws to put 45 teens in prison for life with no hope of early release.
Day two: Teens are far more likely than adults to be prosecuted and put away for felony murder, a crime that doesn't require them to willfully participate in a homicide.
Day three: Among those now serving life without parole are teens who killed a parent. In some cases, jurors never heard their stories of abuse.
Day four: Over time, Colorado legislators have consistently moved the state toward a system that punishes teen criminals and devotes fewer resources to rehabilitation.
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