Senate Committee Substitute

SCS/SB 618 - Under current law, any child under the age of 17 who has been certified as an adult may be detained in an adult jail prior to trial. As of January 1, 2018, this act prohibits the detention of any child certified as an adult in an adult jail until the child has been sentenced, turns 17 years of age, or upon the request and a showing of good cause by the director of an alternative detention facility to the court. Any child certified as an adult on or after January 1, 2018, must be detained in an alternative detention facility, as defined in the act.

This act requires the Division of Youth Services in collaboration with the Office of State Courts Administrator to establish the Certified Youth Jail Removal Workgroup to develop by January 1, 2018, a plan for the removal of certified children from adult jail pending trial and sentencing. By January 1, 2017, the workgroup shall make recommendations to the General Assembly regarding the establishment of alternative detention facilities for children who have been certified as adults. The workgroup shall automatically terminate on September 1, 2018.

Certain sections of this act have a delayed effective date of January 1, 2018.

This act is similar to SB 320 (2015).


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