Friday, March 6, 2009

SF0129 Juvenile Justice Amendments

SF0129 Juvenile Justice Amendments.
Sponsored by: SESSIONS
An act relating to juveniles; amending the definition of status offender as specified; amending the offense of minor in possession of alcohol; amending penalties; amending authority of courts as specified; authorizing the district attorney to determine jurisdiction in specified cases; requiring criteria and procedures for determining jurisdiction; requiring compliance with procedures contained in the Juvenile Justice Act as specified; conforming amendments; and providing for an effective date.

OPPOSE. Passed. This bill gives far too much power to district attorneys. It has been amended to include municipal prosecuting attorneys and does not solve the problem of the lack of a single unified juvenile justice system. This is just another band aid that will continue a system of “local control” where some kids go to jail and others get treatment.

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