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It’s now illegal in Colorado to send kids to lockup for non-serious crimes. But what if they can’t go home?

District attorneys across the state say Colorado has failed to provide housing for kids who cannot return home after they’ve been arrested either because they don’t have families or it’s unsafe for them to go home. State law gives the Department of Human Services authority to provide shelter beds for kids if they have no […]

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Colorado judge resigns after state Supreme Court censure over multiple reports of racial bias

By Colleen Slevin, Associated Press A Colorado judge will resign after being censured for repeatedly saying a racial slur in a conversation with a Black employee, expressing her views on racial justice while on the bench as well as using court employees to work on personal business. The Colorado Supreme Court issued the censure for […]

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STEM School Highlands Ranch security guard reaches agreement with DA for firing gun, wounding students

The private security guard credited with helping stop the deadly May attack at STEM School Highlands Ranch will not be prosecuted for firing two rounds from a concealed gun he wasn’t supposed to have on campus during the attack.  An agreement with prosecutors will allow Shamson Sundara to avoid criminal sanctions, but he must complete […]

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To catch sex traffickers and protect kids, Colorado is using a new screening tool statewide

It hardly matters whether the child’s been gone 24 hours or three months. When a teen in the foster care system runs away and is found, a 2017 state law requires caseworkers to screen them for sex trafficking. They had 151 of those conversations in the law’s first year. Here’s what they didn’t ask: “How […]