Bill Requests for the Treatment for Persons with Mental Health Disorders
The Legislative Oversight Committee concerning the Treatment for Persons with Mental Health Disorders in the Criminal Justice Legislative Committee in the Colorado State Senate are requesting six bills, all of which have to do with juveniles and sex offender registries, for the next legislative session. These bills are intended to promote an improved system and will aid in the reduction of risk for juveniles, aid in the enhancement of protective factors, and maintain the appropriate oversight sought by supporters of juvenile registration.
 
The bill requests are all tied to the recommendations made by the Task Force. The recommendations made by the Oversight Committee include such things as making the juvenile registry a law enforcement only tool that is not public, requiring a hearing for discontinuation from the registry to be automatically set at the time of successful completion from supervision, and expanding the list of crimes that allow for a judge to waive registration.
 
Other recommendations incorporated into the bills requested by the oversight committee relevant to juveniles include eliminating lifetime registration provisions for juveniles in 16-22-113(3) (c) as well as eliminating mandatory lifetime registration in 16-22-103 (4).
Believe in Youth Program Success!
Our Believe in Youth program has started again!  Thanks to a generous grant from the Denver Foundation, CJDC has again begun representing clients in deregistration and expungement proceedings. 
 
CJDC is working with attorneys throughout Colorado. And successes are already happening. Recently, Hannah Proff represented a client seeking deregistration. Hannah's client was forced to register because of a misdemeanor plea he entered into at 11 years old. Now 36, he is finally off the registry. Nice job, Hannah!
 
In order to continue to help client's like Hannah's, we need more attorneys. We currently have a lengthy list of clients waiting for quality representation. If you would like to help, and receive a small stipend for your work, please contact Jeff Cuneo at jeff@cjdc.org.
CJDC Board members Ann Roan (L) and Lindy Frolich (R) 
CJDC Participates in 10th Annual East Side Peace March

Members of the CJDC Board participated in the 10th Annual East Side Peace March and Resource Fair on August 11, 2018.  The purpose of the march and resource fair is to bring unity to the community.  Board members spoke with several individuals about CJDC's mission and resources, and also gained information about other groups that we are looking into partnering with.  One group in particular, GRASP (Gangs Rescue and Support Project), came to our attention.  GRASP is an organization devoted to helping kids get out of gangs.  Their staff and volunteers often go to court with kids in the program and they expressed an interest in having a lawyer they could call to help interpret what was going on. 
What Should Go in the 4th Edition?

We are gearing up to start work on the 2020, 4th edition Colorado Juvenile Defense Manual  and need your input!  Help us identify additional  topics that would be valuable to you in your juvenile defense practice and let us know what is or isn't working well in the 3rd edition.  

The Colorado Juvenile Defense Manual is designed to guide the practitioner through the law and the special considerations in defending a juvenile client, both in delinquency and criminal court. The manual's 1st edition (2013) consisted of 26 chapters ranging from arrest, detention, and initial proceedings to interrogations, jury trials, appeals and beyond. The manual's 2nd edition, published in 2015, included over 125 pages of updates and additional chapters on expungement, sex offender registration and deregistration, and school discipline cases. The 3 rd  edition of the manual (April 2018) introduces myriad updates on case law and legislation across its 28 expansive chapters.

Lend us 5 minutes of your time and participate in our quick Colorado Juvenile Defense Manual Survey
Upcoming CJDC Events and Trainings
Colorado Direct File and Transfer Law: Legal and Practical Considerations for Juvenile Defenders


September 14, 2018
8:30am-3:30pm MDT
Register HERE

Join us for a deep dive into direct file and transfer representation in Colorado. The day will kick off with a look at statutes and guidelines including a discussion on the differences in transfer and direct file law, and guidelines from the Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth. Facilitators will also cover developing mitigation, including gathering records and conducting an investigation; identifying necessary experts, legal and strategic considerations in hiring and working with them, other ways to incorporate expert opinions; and confinement pending hearing including access to education, treatment, and services while in detention pending resolution of the case.

The training will close out with sessions on suppression of juvenile statements, collateral attacks of priors, strategic and ethical considerations in conducting the transfer or reverse-transfer hearing, including using data in community safety arguments, and negotiating with the DA. This training will be held in-person in Brighton, Colorado Springs, Denver, Grand Junction, and via webinar (for those in rural parts of the state).
  
September Deregistration & Record Expungement Clinic

September 22, 2018
10:00am-1:00pm
CU Denver Campus | 1250 14th St., Rm #1100
Corner of Lawrence & 14th, 1st Floor


D o you or someone you know have a juvenile case that needs expunged?  Do you or someone you know want to get off the sex offender registry that arose from a juvenile adjudication?
 
CJDC, in conjunction with the Colorado Criminal Defense Institute, is providing two clinics in the next two months on these issues.  Come talk to an attorney and find out what you can do to finally move on from your juvenile court experience and put your past firmly in the past.

If you are going to attend, please sign up using this Intake Form.
  
October Deregistration & Record Expungement Clinic

October 13, 2018
10:00am-1:00pm
Aurora Strong
1298 Peoria St., Aurora CO


D o you or someone you know have a juvenile case that needs expunged?  Do you or someone you know want to get off the sex offender registry that arose from a juvenile adjudication?
 
CJDC, in conjunction with the Colorado Criminal Defense Institute, is providing two clinics in the next two months on these issues.  Come talk to an attorney and find out what you can do to finally move on from your juvenile court experience and put your past firmly in the past.

If you are going to attend, please sign up using this Intake Form.
Navigating the New Competency Standards: Making Colorado Revised Statue ยง 19-2-103 Work for Your Juvenile Clients


December 7, 2018
8:15am-12:00pm
Denver, CO
Register HERE

Join us for a half-day CLE covering the statutory changes to the children's code and other implications of HB18-1050, which applies to acts committed on or after July 1, 2018.  Learn the psychology behind developmental immaturity, competency to stand trial, and what restoration looks like from a psychology perspective.  Review the statutory guidelines and what is going on in Colorado, from OBH practice to future legislative efforts.  Walk away with litigation strategies including when and how to raise a claim; how to approach competency claims with clients and family; and how to set up a developmental maturity argument.   
Free Training & Technical Support 

As a Training and Technical Assistance (TTA) provider for the Department of Justice's Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), CJDC is acting as a regional resource center for juvenile defenders.  

If you are looking for training support, have a training need in your area, or need assistance in developing specialized CLE offerings for juvenile defense counsel, you can request assistance through OJJDP's TTA program HERE.
It's Easy to Support CJDC Every Day 

CJDC is proud to partner with  Community Shares of Colorado  in workplace giving campaigns. Making charitable donations via paycheck contributions is a convenient option that allows incremental gifts to add up over the course of a year. 

A paycheck contribution of $1 a day - $5 each work week-adds up to a $260 annual donation!  That would allow us to file 21 amicus briefs in support of youth appealing their cases, publish our resource center newsletter for three months, or hold a two-hour training for juvenile defense attorneys who represent Colorado youth in court.

Do you have an employee giving campaign at work? If yes, please choose CJDC as the recipient of your workplace giving pledge. If your company hosts workplace giving fairs and presentations, request CJDC be a featured nonprofit! If Community Shares is not included in your giving campaign, email  giving@cshares.org to discuss adding more diversity and choice to your campaign , CJDC's Comminuty Shares Number is 5214.
Thank You to Our Sponsors

Youth Justice Hero Sponsors
Hardy & Juba, LLC
David Graham & Stubbs
Polansky Law Firm

Youth Justice Advocate Sponsors
Peter Albani Law
Contiguglia Law Firm
Jeff Cuneo
Lindy Frolich
Carrie Meek
Patrick Vance

Youth Justice Partner Sponsors
Stacie Nelson Colling
Churches for Middle East Peace
Cutler Law Office

Gorman & Zuckerman, LLC

The Noble Law Firm, LLC
Leslie Krueger-Pagett
Jennifer Stinson Law
Amy Trenary
Evan Zuckerman Law