Colo. lawmakers explore restorative justice

DENVER — Colorado lawmakers will consider whether people convicted of crimes should be given a chance to make amends for their wrongdoing instead of being sent to prison.

A bill up for review in the House Judiciary Committee would emphasize the option known as “restorative justice,” which favors restitution instead of imprisonment.

Colorado law already allows the restorative justice options for juveniles during advisement, plea entry, sentencing or probation but House Bill 1032 would make some of those provisions mandatory.

The bill will be heard this afternoon.


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