Legislative Update April 30

Transfer Reform

HB172 Amendment 1

HB172 HFA1 expands requirement of review by a juvenile court judge to determine whether a child should be tried as an adult or a juvenile through an individualized court hearing that takes into account the child’s age, degree of participation in the offense, and his/her individual circumstances. Read the text of the bill here.

As of 3/10/2015, this bill passed out of the House Juvenile Justice & System Involved Youth Committee.

As of 4/20/2015, Amendment 1 was filed.

Detention Reform

HB2567 

HB2567 requires that prior to admitting a child ages 10-12 to a county juvenile temporary detention center, a determination be made that a local youth service provider is not able to accept the child. Read the text of the bill here.

The bill passed out of the House with bi-partisan support as amended.And the bill passed out of the Senate Criminal Law committee.

SENTENCING and PAROLE REFORM

 HB2471

HB2471 eliminates mandatory sentences of natural life imprisonment for persons convicted of offenses committed before they attain 18 years of age (JLWOP). The bill passed out of the House with bi-partisan support on 4/23/2015. Read full text of the bill here.

HB2470

HB2470 provides that a person who was under 18 years of age at the time of an offense, may, after serving 15 years of his or her sentence of either a term of natural life imprisonment or a term or cumulative term of 40 years or more of imprisonment, submit a petition for sentencing review in the circuit court of the county in which he or she was originally sentenced. This bill passed out of the House Restorative Justice committee and after further negotiations may be considered by the full House. Read full text of the bill here.

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