SB 338 - Under current law, the Department of Corrections must establish correctional treatment programs for offenders who are under the age of 17. In such programs, offenders who are under the age of 17 must be separated from those who are 17 years of age or older. In addition, the Department is allowed to established a regimented training program for such juvenile offenders.
This act raises the age of the offenders in the programs to under the age of 18, and provides that offenders who are under the age of 18 must be separated from those who are 18 years of age or older. The provisions relating to a regimented training program are repealed.
Current law also requires the Department to implement an ongoing evaluation process for juvenile offender programs. This act removes the requirement that the process be ongoing.
This act repeals provisions requiring prosecuting attorneys to maintain sentencing records for offenders who were under the age of 17 at the time of prosecution and requiring the Department to submit an annual report regarding juvenile offender programs to the Governor and General Assembly.
These provisions are identical to the truly agreed to and finally passed SS/SCS/HCS/HB 215 (2013) and is substantially similar to HB 635 (2013).