By Dvorchak, Kim; Swenson, Karina.
Colorado Juvenile Defender Coalition (Denver, CO).
The use of “direct filing,” the prosecuting youth as adults, in Colorado is examined. This critical report shows how ineffective and costly direct filing is. Key findings from this study include: 1. Trying youth as adults doesn’t make Colorado safer, but increases the likelihood a teenager will re-offend; 2. Direct file has affected thousands of youth, and the law disproportionately impacts black and Hispanic youth; 3. The vast majority of youth impacted by direct file are not the most serious o... Read More