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Juvenile justice advocates continue to flip policy after policy, state by state. The latest is in New Hampshire, where HB 1624, signed into law July 11, raises the age of juvenile court jurisdiction to 18.
Colorado passed House Bill 1032 to ensure all children are represented by counsel when they appear in court. The National Juvenile Defender Center (NJDC) and the Colorado Juvenile Defender Coalition (CJDC) used a report, An Assessment of Access to Counsel and Quality of Representation in Juvenile Delinquency Proceedings, to draw attention to the issue. Now, every Colorado child who appears at a detention hearing must be represented by counsel, without delaying the court process. The bill additionally mandates that information directing youth to the public defender’s office be included in court summonses for young people who are not held in custody. These changes will go into effect November 1, 2014. (Here is an article in Rolling Stone about it).