Restorative Justice Passes the House
HB11-1032 expands the Victim Rights Act and gives those impacted by crime new options by defining restorative justice, describing its processes in state law, and permitting it to be used in different types of criminal cases as well as in disciplinary cases in schools. Some victims could get the option to meet face-to-face with an offender to speak their minds and demand straight answers, which has been shown to have a life-changing positive effect on all involved when it’s done in the way the bill describes.
We worked hard to make sure HB11-1032 would become a law that victims groups, prosecutors, youth workers, educators, the department of corrections and others agree will benefit communities and victims. There is plenty of good research showing that the process reduces the likelihood an offender will return to crime, and it gives victims a sense of closure. Here you can learn more about Restorative Justice and the bill.
HB11-1032 will now go on to Colorado’s Senate, where Senator Linda Newell has agreed to introduce it. I am proud that all of my colleagues from both parties voted for the bill and I look forward to a positive outcome in the Senate.