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SB16-098: Restore Judicial Discretion In Criminal Sentencing

Criminal Legal Reform
Bill Number: SB16-098
Year: 2016
ACLU Position: Support
Sponsors: P. Steadman


The bill repeals many existing mandatory minimum sentences for
imprisonment, fines, and community service. The bill repeals the
extraordinary risk sentencing enhancer. The bill classifies certain child
abuse crimes and stalking crimes as crimes of violence. Under current law
there are numerous mandatory sentences in which the court is required to
sentence to at least the midpoint of the presumptive range. The bill
changes that sentencing requirement to at least the minimum of the
presumptive range. The bill increases the maximum range for class 3 to
6 felony crimes of violence. The bill repeals several requirements that a
court sentence a defendant to consecutive sentences rather than
concurrent sentences.

Current Status:

Senate Committee on Judiciary Postpone Indefinitely (02/22/2016)

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