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HB18-1156 Limit Penalties For Juvenile Truancy

Criminal Justice
Bill Number: HB18-1156
Year: 2018
ACLU Position: Active Support
Sponsors: P. Lee/C. Holbert

The bill clarifies in the Colorado Children’s Code and in the
School Attendance Law of 1963 that a delinquent act does not include
truancy or habitual truancy. A child who is habitually truant and who
refuses to follow a plan to rehabilitate his or her truancy may be subject
to various sanctions by the court in a truancy proceeding, but the
sanctions must not include placement in a juvenile detention facility.

The bill removes the authority of a judge or magistrate to issue a
warrant to take a juvenile into temporary custody for a truancy action,
including contempt proceedings for refusal to comply with a truancy plan,
or for failure to appear for a truancy or contempt action. The court may,
however, issue an order to show cause requiring the juvenile’s appearance
in court and may impose additional age-appropriate sanctions

Current Status:

Introduced In House - Assigned to Judiciary (02/01/2018)

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