Fair Sentencing for Youth

 

   

SB 382: Changing the criteria used in the most important decision the state makes about a youth

The most important decision the state makes about a young person is whether to send him or her to the adult criminal court. On January 1, 2016 Senate Bill 382 went into effect,making clear that judges should consider many factors about the young person’s life in a “fitness” hearing.

It is the first change to this law in 40 years that makes it more likely that a youth will be kept in juvenile court and receive the education, services, and opportunities provided there. Since 2003, over 10,000 youth have been sent to the adult system and faced the possibility of long prison terms.  Read the law here. 

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