As many of you know, one of my main goals this year was to pass major Restorative Justice legislation, to potentially transform the criminal justice system. On the final day of session, HB-1032 passed the final legislative hurdle when the House concurred with the Senate’s amendments and passed the bill. The bill could help break the cycle of juvenile crime, enable offenders to change their lives and empower victims to begin healing like never before. More work needs to be done in the form of future bills to continue to define and support the restorative process, but the first pieces are in place as HB-1032 is sent to Governor Hickenlooper to sign.
A big thanks to those who cooperated on this effort.
Pete Lee is a legislator in the U.S. state of Colorado. He was elected to the Colorado House of Representatives in 2010, as a Democrat representing House District 18, which includes central Colorado Springs and Manitou Springs in El Paso County.