Here's a key problem concerning Colorado justice authorities' initial contacts with juveniles who find themselves in trouble with the law: differential treatment is often doled out to young offenders across the state who have similar profiles and are charged with the same types of crimes.
Many criminal suspects in Colorado and elsewhere adamantly believe that the police and prosecutors did not play fair while arresting and charging them with a criminal offense.
Criminal law is a legal realm that is perhaps unparalleled for its complexities and open-ended questions.
From the perspective of a "suspect" in a flawed criminal lineup in Colorado or elsewhere, it's pretty easy to see why concern would attach to the process.
An admitted robber gave the FBI cellphone numbers of alleged accomplices. Agents used a "reasonable grounds" standard to obtain so-called "cell-site" evidence from a mobile service provider that tracked the locations of one of those individuals. That data yielded information resulting in his criminal conviction.
It's been a bedrock legal principle and undisturbed judicial ruling issued at the highest level for well more than half a century, and yet news stories emerge with some regularity evidencing prosecutorial misconduct aimed at avoiding its application.
According to advisory committee members who spent months revising the Denver Police Department's recommended use-of-force policies, the suggestions were generally good in an overall sense.
Police followed a car last week and arrested the two people inside, who were later charged with burglary. Authorities say that the arrests were the result of an extensive investigation. This investigation reportedly led the police to arrest the two as they were pulling their car into a neighborhood, which police accuse the two of being the next area they would steal from, although it is unclear why police thought this.