Bill would guarantee legal counsel for juvenile suspects

co-state-capitol-300Juveniles detained for crimes would be guaranteed legal counsel at their initial hearings under a bill that also seeks to educate them and their families about their rights.  The bill, which already cleared the House, will get its first hearing in a Senate committee today.  The proposal is prompted by concerns that about 45 percent of juveniles with cases in state courts didn’t get an attorney in 2012, according to a report from the Colorado Juvenile Defender Coalition.


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