The following representatives from district attorneys' offices testified as a panel:
Arnold Hanuman, representing the Colorado District Attorneys' Council (CDAC), spoke in opposition to the bill as introduced. He mentioned that he was part of the task force that met over the summer and noted problems reaching consensus. He raised concerns about the Committee on Juvenile Justice Reform, as proposed in the bill, and said that the Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice is already in place to perform a similar function. He also stressed that no victims were involved in the process and that stakeholders have not met since the bill was introduced. Other issues were raised about constitutional problems, funding, and local control.
Tarik Sheikh, representing the CDAC, testified against the bill as introduced. He noted positive aspects of the bill, such as the screening tools, but raised concerns about new standards and definitions as set forth in the bill. Other issues raised included victim input, conditions of probation, and protective factors.
Rebecca Gleason, representing the District Attorney's Office in the18th Judicial District, testified against the bill as introduced. She raised concerns about the diversion screening and the opt-out provision, as well as unfunded mandates.
Levon Hupfer, representing the District Attorney's Office in the 17th Judicial District, spoke in opposition to the bill as introduced. He discussed the diversion section of the bill and current practices. He suggested that one of the members of the newly formed committee in the bill be a diversion director.