Associated Press - April 8, 2011 5:24 PM ET
DENVER (AP) - House lawmakers gave initial approval to a bill that facilitates meetings between victims and their offenders in some cases and emphasizes sentencing options that favor restitution over imprisonment.
Colorado law already allows the sentencing alternative known as "restorative justice" for juveniles, but House Bill 1032 would expand the option to adults.
Lawmakers approved the proposal on a voice vote Friday. It faces another vote before it heads to the Senate.
Democratic Rep. Pete Lee of Colorado Springs says he wants to save the state money by making alternatives to prison available and create a process for healing between victims and their offenders.