Gov. John Hickenlooper today praised the Improving Outcomes for Youth Statewide Task Force for developing policy recommendations that, if passed into law by state legislators, would strengthen the juvenile justice system, increase public safety, and lead to better outcomes for youth who come in contact with the juvenile justice system.
“Putting children in confinement should be a last resort, not a first option,” said Governor John Hickenlooper. “These policy recommendations are data-driven, practical proposals that will improve our state’s juvenile justice system. I commend the task force and urge lawmakers to consider these measures in the next legislative session.”
The Improving Outcomes for Youth Statewide Task Force created by Gov. Hickenlooper and co-chaired by Sen. Bob Gardner (R) and Rep. Pete Lee (D) includes legislators, law enforcement officials, judges, state and local juvenile justice leaders, and other stakeholders.