From the Daily Kos: https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2017/9/28/1698198/-Youth-Detention-in-Colorado-A-Crisis-with-a-Crusader-State-Rep-Pete-Lee There are many reasons America’s criminal justice system is not just, but the state of Youth Detention, particularly in Colorado, is in a full-blown crisis. There has been an increasing “culture of violence” at the Colorado Division of Youth Corrections that is not only unsafe for the residents and staff, it is highly detrimental to the children (yes, […]
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Last year, 53 Colorado legislators co-sponsored a Division of Youth Corrections Reform bill, HB17-1329. It was inspired by Bound and Broken, the shocking report which described brutal abuse and mistreatment of already traumatized youth confined at DYS. It followed revelations about fights, assaults, use of protracted and illegal solitary confinement as well as riots in […]
Please enjoy this article from the Colorado Springs Business Journal that I penned about this challenging yet productive 2017 legislative session. http://www.csbj.com/2017/06/27/legislative-service-honor/
This article by Adrian Stanley of the Colorado Springs Independent is a great summation of key criminal justice reform bills throughout my tenure and why there is still so much work left to be done. https://www.csindy.com/coloradosprings/how-rep-pete-lee-is-creating-a-kinder-juster-criminal-justice-system-in-colorado/Content?oid=6137711
It has been an honor to serve in the 71st Legislative session which was one of the most productive in recent memory. I am gratified to report that 17 of the 19 bills I sponsored this session were passed, all with bipartisan support. However, the work is never done. Over the interim, I hope to […]
From my Post-Session Newsletter: Dear Constituents, Friends, and Supporters; On May 10th the very busy 71st legislative session came to an end. Over the last 120 days 681 bills were introduced, over 400 were sent to the governor to be signed into law, the Judiciary Committee, which I had the honor of chairing, heard […]
This Article by Jennifer Brown of the Denver Post does an excellent job summarizing and discussing HB17-1329, my bill to reform the Department of Youth Corrections: Legislature passes culture-changing reform for Division of Youth Corrections
I recently had the opportunity to present the Second Chances Month Resolution. You can watch my floor speech here:
On Friday, March 10th the Colorado General Assembly passed the Conflict Resolution Joint Resolution of which I was proud to be the Co-Prime Sponsor. These were my remarks to the floor: “Madame Speaker, I move SJR 17-and ask that it be read at length. Conflict is endemic in what we do. We meet for hours […]