At the close of the 2022 General Assembly, two Juvenile Justice Reform bills were enacted, and one related to restrictive housing (solitary confinement) still needs approval by the Governor. HB 67 passed and we will need to see if the Governor signs it or lets it become law without his signature. SB 691 and HB 459 – Juvenile Justice Reform - This is a large comprehensive bill based on recommendations from an in-depth study by the Juvenile Justice Council. It creates needed changes like prohibiting Juveniles from being automatically referred to the adult courts. This bill requires that most juveniles begin their charges within the juvenile court system which assesses and prioritizes rehabilitation treatment under various level of confinement to better prepare them for their future.
SB 53 – Juvenile Law – Child Interrogation Protection Act - This bill creates a safer and more humane environment for juveniles who are being interrogated by the police. The bill requires that the police notify and invite the juveniles’ guardians to attend. An attorney must be present and assure the juvenile clearly understands the process before the officer’s interrogation.
HB 67 - Correctional Services - Restrictive Housing - Direct Release- The correctional system has been releasing people directly from an environment of solitary confinement to the outside. This bill will ensure that incarcerated people in restrictive housing have acces to the services that will ensure they have a more successful reentry. This creates safer communities and better prepares the returning citizen for a more permanent reentry.
Thanks to EACH AND EVERYONE who helped make this possible.
Lead Advocate for Criminal Justice Reform
SB 691 and HB 459 – Juvenile Justice Reform – enacted without Governor’s signature
SB 53 – Juvenile Law – Child Interrogation Protection Act – veto overridden
HB 837 – Cannabis Reform – enacted without Governor’s signature
HB 129 – Behavioral Health Crisis Response Services and Public Safety Answering Points – Modifications – enacted without Governor’s signature
HB 293 - Behavioral Health Crisis Response Services - 9-8-8 Trust Fund – enacted without Governor’s signature
Passed (awaiting Governor’s action)
HB 67 - Correctional Services - Restrictive Housing - Direct Release
SB 788 - Cannabis - Regulation - Delta-8- and Delta-10-Tetrahydrocannabinol
Passed (awaiting referendum by voters)
HB 1 – Constitutional Amendment - Cannabis – Adult Use and Possession – passed and will become law if approved by popular referendum in November
Failed to Pass
HB 604 / SB 512 - Office of the Attorney General - Correctional Ombudsman – no vote in committee
HB 294 / SB 165 - Juvenile Court – Jurisdiction - no vote in either committee
HB 25 - Rehabilitation and Education for All Prisons (REAP) Act – no vote in committee