Note: This bill is now a part of SB 1008

Trying youth as adults is ineffective at teaching young people how to be healthy members of society. A Centers for Disease Control study found that youth are 34 percent more likely to commit additional crimes if they are prosecuted in the adult system. 

SB 969 would put the power back in the hands of judges to decide whether or not a teenager should be tried as a youth or an adult. To move youth to the adult justice system, prosecutors would need to request a special hearing with a judge who would decide where youth are placed. 

Sponsors

Judiciary

Status

Introduced

Session

2019

Bill number