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SB16-180: DOC Program For Juvenile Offenders

Criminal Legal Reform | Student and Youth Rights
Bill Number: SB16-180
Year: 2016
ACLU Position: Support
Sponsors: D. Kagan / K. Ransom / L. Woods / C. Jahn


The bill requires the department of corrections (department) to
develop and implement a program for offenders who were sentenced to
an adult prison for a felony offense committed while the offender was
less than 18 years of age and who are determined to be appropriate for
placement in the program. An offender serving a sentence for a felony
committed while the offender was a juvenile may apply for placement in
the program if he or she has served 20 calendar years of his or her
sentence and has not been released on parole.
Upon receiving a petition from an eligible offender, the executive
director of the department or his or her designee shall review the petition.
In determining whether to place an offender in the program, the executive
director or his or her designee shall consider certain criteria.
An offender who successfully completes the program may apply
to the governor for early parole. The governor may grant early parole to
such an offender if, in the governor’s opinion, extraordinary mitigating
circumstances exist and the offender’s release from custody is compatible
with the safety and welfare of society. The state board of parole shall
make a recommendation to the governor concerning whether early parole
should be granted to such an offender.

Current Status:

Governor Signed (06/10/2016)

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