Meet CJDC's New Executive Director

My name is Jeff Cuneo and I am the new Executive Director of the Colorado Juvenile Defender Center. I want to take a moment to introduce myself, let you know my priorities for the organization, and ask for your feedback.
I am currently a juvenile justice attorney, practicing in the Denver metro area. Prior to moving to Denver, I was an Assistant Public Defender for almost 10 years, focusing on juvenile law and direct file/transfer cases. I took a short break from practicing law a few years ago and served as the Director of a Re-entry Program for a large county in California. I helped start and grow the program, which assisted men and women coming out of jail and prison and re-entering their community. It was a tremendously rewarding experience. I was an elected school board member, opened and operated a legal clinic for homeless kids, and served on various boards and commissions relating to youth and children's issues. My passion for youth and juvenile justice unites all these experiences and will inform my work with CJDC.
I am extremely excited to be leading CJDC at this moment in time. CJDC occupies a unique space in Colorado. It has led the fight for equity and justice for children. Real improvements have been made that continue to make a difference in the everyday lives of attorneys, families, and youth. I will continue this storied tradition. Issues such as access to justice and the more humane treatment of juvenile justice-involved youth will be at the top of my agenda. We will continue to aggressively advocate for reform at all levels of government. Building and expanding partnerships and coalitions throughout the state will begin with renewed ambition. And, we will focus on listening to and being representative of our members in everything we do on their behalf.
I recently began to reach out to our members and stakeholders, listening to their priorities, interests, and concerns. I ask that, in turn, you reach out to me directly. I would like to hear your thoughts and opinions about CJDC. If you have the time, I am always available by phone or even a chat over coffee.
Jeff Cuneo
(303) 500-3791
CJDC's 2018 Policy and Legislative Activity

A big thank you to both new and former members of the 2018 CJDC Policy Committee!  If you would like to get involved with CJDC's policy work, please join us for our next Policy Committee meeting at 10am on Tuesday, March 6, 2018 at the coffee shop inside of the Ralph Carr Judicial Center located at 1300 Broadway in Denver.  

In alliance with CJDC's mission of ensuring excellence in juvenile defense and justice for all children in Colorado, the policy committee has decided to take a formal stance of the following 2018 bills:

The bill states that a person commits class 5 felony false imprisonment if he or she confines or detains another person less than 18 years of age by means of tying, locking, caging, chaining, or otherwise restricting that person's freedom of movement by any instrumentality for an unreasonable amount of time under the circumstances.

The bill states that the statutory privilege between a patient and a physician or between an individual and his or her spouse is not available for the purpose of excluding or refusing testimony in any prosecution for false imprisonment.   CJDC Stance: Against.

The bill clarifies in the Colorado Children's Code and in the 'School Attendance Law of 1963' that a 'delinquent act' does not include truancy or habitual truancy. A child who is habitually truant and who refuses to follow a plan to rehabilitate his or her truancy may be subject to various sanctions by the court in a truancy proceeding, but the sanctions must not include placement in a juvenile detention facility.

The bill removes the authority of a judge or magistrate to issue a warrant to take a juvenile into temporary custody for a truancy action, including contempt proceedings for refusal to comply with a truancy plan, or for failure to appear for a truancy or contempt action. The court may, however, issue an order to show cause requiring the juvenile's appearance in court and may impose additional age-appropriate sanctions.   CJDC  Stance: Support.

The bill establishes a juvenile-specific definition of 'competent to proceed' and 'incompetent to proceed' for juveniles involved in the juvenile justice system, as well as specific definitions for 'developmental disability', 'mental capacity', and 'mental disability' when used in this context. The bill clarifies the procedures for establishing incompetency, as well as for establishing the restoration of competency. CJDC  Stance: Support.

The bill requires the department of human services (department), to annually collect recidivism data and calculate the recidivism rates and educational outcomes for juveniles committed to the custody of the department who complete their parole sentences and discharge from department supervision. In collecting the recidivism data, the department shall include any juvenile adjudication or adult conviction of a criminal offense within 3 years after parole discharge. The department shall report the recidivism data, recidivism rates, and educational outcomes to the general assembly annually.

Existing law requires the state auditor to perform 2 audits of the department's reports of recidivism rates and educational outcomes. The bill requires the judicial department to provide data to the state auditor as permissible by law for the purposes of these audits.

The bill adds 2 members to the youth restraint and seclusion working group within the division of youth services.  CJDC Stance: Support.

SB 18-154 | Juvenile Planning Committee Crossover Youth Plans
Concerning a requirement for a local juvenile services planning committee to devise a plan to manage dually identified crossover youth: A dually identified crossover youth is a youth involved in both the juvenile justice system and the child welfare system. CJDC  Stance: Monitor.
CJDC Celebrates 10th Anniversary
with Fundraiser and Reception

CJDC is celebrating 10 years of advocacy! Join us for an evening of cocktails, appetizers, and award presentation for the 2018 Juvenile Defender, Social Worker, and Volunteer of the year. Admission includes an open bar. Benefiting CJDC.  

When: Thursday, April 26, 2018 | 5:00-8:00pm
Where: CO Supreme Court |  2 East 14th Avenue
Cost: $40 in advance or $50 at the door
Click HERE to get your tickets now!

CJDC was founded in 2008 by a volunteer group of attorneys seeking to improve the quality of indigent juvenile defense.  We strongly believed our profession needed to be held accountable to the disadvantaged populations we serve, and that included engaging in improved practice of law and systems reform.  CJDC obtained 501(c )(3) status in 2010 and we are now celebrating our 10th year of successful juvenile defense and youth justice advocacy.

Sponsorship Opportunities:
  • Youth Defender Couple Sponsorship - Fo r $100, receive 2 tickets to the celebration and acknowledgment in CJDC's monthly newsletter. Click  HERE to sponsor now!
  • Youth Justice Partner Sponsorship - For $250, receive 5 tickets to the celebration, your name or logo on CJDC's website and event poster, verbal acknowledgement in board remarks at event, and recognition in CJDC's monthly newsletter.  Click  HERE  
    to sponsor now!  
  • Youth Justice Advocate Sponsorship -For $500, receive 10 tickets to the celebration, your name or logo on CJDC's website and event poster, verbal acknowledgement in board remarks at event, name or logo on table display tents, and an ad (3 months) in CJDC's monthly newsletter. Click  HERE to sponsor now!  
  • Youth Justice Champion Sponsorship - For $1,000, receive 10 tickets to the celebration, your name or logo on CJDC's website and event poster, verbal acknowledgement in board remarks at event, table space for organizational promotions and marketing to guests, and an ad (6 months) in CJDC's monthly newsletter.  Click HERE to sponsor now! 
  • Youth Justice Presenting SponsorshipFor $2,500, receive 10 tickets to the celebration, your name or logo on CJDC's website and event poster, verbal acknowledgement in board remarks at event, table space for organizational promotions and marketing to guests, an ad (1 year) in CJDC's monthly newsletter, and "Presented By" on all event materials. Click HERE to sponsor now! 
Nominate an Outstanding Juvenile Defender or Social Worker of the Year

Do you know an outstanding juvenile defender or social worker who has made a difference this year?  Send  CJDC a 1-page narrative summarizing why the person you are nominating is an exceptional juvenile defense attorney or social worker. Send nominations via email to by Friday, March 30, 2018. 

The recipient will be chosen by the CJDC Board of Directors and the award will be presented at the 10th Anniversary Reception and Fundraiser on Thursday, April 26, 2018.
Join CJDC's Fundraising Committee


Are you interested in getting involved with the Colorado Juvenile Defender Center?  Join our Fundraising Committee and help us plan our fundraiser and reception celebrating CJDC's 10th Anniversary!

The Fundraising Committee meets via phone every other Wednesday and is chaired by Jacqueline Souverein. Reach out to Jackie at if you are interested in joining the Committee.
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 are in need of assistance in developing specialized CLE offerings for juvenile defense counsel, you can request assistance through OJJDP's TTA program HERE.