We have finally made significant gains concerning the issue of direct file in Colorado. Until this year, the DA's office could transfer a juvenile case into adult court without a transfer hearing. It is now possible for a juvenile transfer case to receive a hearing and a judge will decide if the juvenile should be treated as an adult. This is to protect a juvenile offender from unnecessary publicity that would otherwise hinder his rehabilitation process and his return to his community as a productive member. At all times the best interest of the juvenile and the restoration of the family should be important. Even in the case of felony crimes or murder.
I grew up during this time. I turned 18 in 1976. I remember some events that would have turned out completely different if they happened today. One of my friends was drag racing one night. The car he was driving lost traction and he went off the road. It paralyzed him. He was ticketed for careless driving and the ticket was reduced to a speeding ticket. No one sued the other teen that he was racing, no one tried to haul my friend off to court and throw the book at him. Everyone gathered around the family and tried to help them adjust to their sons new disability. It didn't make a big news story, it didn't turn into a vendetta by the police department against young drivers.....it was a young man's mistake.