When it comes to crimes committed by juveniles, Colorado tries to take a restorative approach whenever possible. That word "restorative" is even explicitly written into Colorado law. As Colorado Revised Statutes Title 19 Children's Code § 19-2-102 states:
Getting a criminal record at any age is bad, but it can have especially negative effects on the future of a person who is just starting out in life. Fortunately though, there are solutions for many young people who have gotten in trouble with the law.