A BILL TO BE ENTITLED AN ACT TO ESTABLISH THE JUVENILE JURISDICTION ADVISORY COMMITTEE, TO CREATE A PILOT CIVIL CITATION PROCESS FOR JUVENILES, AND TO RAISE THE AGE OF JUVENILE JURISDICTION TO INCLUDE SIXTEEN- AND SEVENTEEN-YEAR-OLDS WHO HAVE COMMITTED MISDEMEANOR OFFENSES.
House committee substitute makes the following changes to the 2nd edition.
Directs the Advisory Committee (Committee) to develop a specific plan for the implementation of changes in the juvenile justice system that are required in order to extend jurisdiction in delinquency matters and proceedings to include 16 and 17 year olds charged with misdemeanor offense in the juvenile justice system. Requires the plan to include cost estimates for each portion of the plan, including capital costs, operating costs, and staffing costs. Provides that the implementation of the expansion should be monitored and additional recommendations should be made to the General Assembly as necessary. Once the plan is approved by the Committee, the Subcommittee is directed to oversee a two-year pilot program of the juvenile civil citation program in at least three, but no more than six counties (previously, did not provide a limit on the number of counties the pilot program can be expanded to). Directs the Subcommittee to also report on the status of the plan for implementing the program statewide. Requires approval of the statewide plan before establishing a juvenile civil citation program. Makes conforming changes. Extends the deadline for appointing committee members, for the initial meeting, and for creating a subcommittee. Extends reporting deadlines.
Provides that the Committee's interim report must contain the specific plan and cost estimates for capital, operating, and staffing costs for implementation of this act. Additional interim reports are required to be submitted by the Committee, containing updates on the planning steps completed towards implementation, and any legislative, administrative, and funding recommendations, by January 15 of each year. Requires the final report to also include information on the implementation of this act, and to be submitted by January 15, 2022, to the Governor and General Assembly (previously, stated the report would also be submitted to the citizens of the State). Directs the Division of Juvenile Justice of the Department of Public Safety to use up to $25,000 of the funds appropriated to it to develop and implement the plan required by this section (previously, directed the funds to be used to carry out the study and devise the implementation plan).
Extends all the effective dates found in the act by three years.
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