SB 556
Allows courts to suspend imposition of an adult criminal sentence for certain juvenile offenders
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Last Action:
1/5/2012 - Second Read and Referred S Judiciary and Civil and Criminal Jurisprudence Committee
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Effective Date:
August 28, 2012

Current Bill Summary

SB 556 - Current law allows a court to impose a juvenile disposition and suspend the execution of an adult criminal sentence for juvenile offenders who have been prosecuted as adults and who have pled guilty or been convicted. This act gives the court the opportunity to suspend imposition of the adult criminal sentence rather than suspend execution.

The Division of Youth Services may request a hearing to ask the court to impose the adult sentence upon the division's determination that the child is beyond the scope of its treatment programs. The court is required to hold a hearing on whether to impose the sentence when the offender turns 17 years of age and the division must request such a hearing before releasing an offender any time before he or she turns 21.

This act is substantially similar to HB 66 (2011).