The following persons testified regarding HB 19-1149:
Ms. Tristan Gorman, representing the Colorado Criminal Defense Bar, testified in support of the bill. Ms. Gorman discussed the phenomenon of young adults appearing before courts who are not yet fully cognitively developed.
Ms. Jessica Jones, representing herself, testified in support of the bill. Ms. Jones recounted a case involving a defendant who was not yet cognitively developed when he committed a crime, but developed while in the judicial process. She explained that the bill will help reduce recidivism.
Ms. Priscilla Gartner, representing the Office of the State Public Defender, testified in support of the bill. Ms. Gartner explained how the bill would conform with current jurisprudence and science. She noted other states that have extended juvenile court jurisdiction. Ms. Jones responded to questions regarding the ability of the task force charged with conducting a study under the bill to complete it within one year. Discussion ensued on this point. Discussion followed regarding the fiscal impact of the bill.