Juvenile Justice idea panned
Worland, WY – County prosecutors from around Wyoming say they have strong concerns about Gov. Matt Mead's proposal to create a unified juvenile court system.
Gary Hartman is Mead's justice policy adviser. Hartman told members of the Legislature's Joint Judiciary Committee in Worland on Thursday that the state needs to establish a single court system to handle nearly all juvenile cases.
Hartman says four separate court systems now handle juvenile criminal cases. He says the state needs a single juvenile court system that would have responsibility for deciding whether to send kids to jail.
But several county prosecutors told the committee that the
state's current system works well. They warned that creating a new
system would be expensive, probably require more judges and
wouldn't produce better results for kids.