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HB 1032: Restorative Justice

Bill Number: HB11 1032
Year: 2011
ACLU Position: Active Support
Sponsors: Lee


Under current law, restorative justice sentencing provisions are permitted in juvenile cases during advisement, entry of plea, sentencing, and during probation. The bill would make some of those provisions mandatory, including provisions that would require most juveniles to undergo a presentence evaluation to determine whether restorative justice is a suitable sentencing option. Prior to charging a juvenile for the first time, which juvenile would be subject to misdemeanor or petty offenses, the district attorney shall assess whether the juvenile is suitable for restorative justice. If the district attorney determines the juvenile is suitable, the district attorney may offer the juvenile the opportunity to participate in restorative justice rather than charging the juvenile.

The bill directs the department of corrections to establish policies and procedures for facilitated victim-offender dialogues in institutions under the control of the department, which would arrange the dialogues if requested by the victim and agreed to by the offender. The bill encourages each school district in the state and the state charter school institute to implement restorative justice practices that each school in the district or each institute charter school can use in its disciplinary program.

The bill creates the right for a victim to be informed by the district attorney about the availability of restorative justice practices and the possibility of a victim-offender conference.

Current Status:

02/08/2011 House Committee on Judiciary Witness Testimony and/or Committee Discussion Only
01/12/2011 Introduced In House - Assigned to Judiciary + Appropriations
01/12/2011 Introduced In House - Assigned to Judiciary
02/24/2011 House Committee on Judiciary Refer Amended to Appropriations

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