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2021 Senate Bill 5122: Concerning the jurisdiction of juvenile court
Introduced by Sen. Jeannie Darneille (Tacoma) (D) on January 11, 2021
Referred to the Senate Human Services, Reentry & Rehabilitation Committee on January 11, 2021
Referred to the Senate Rules Committee on February 1, 2021
Amendment offered by Sen. Jeannie Darneille (Tacoma) (D) on March 4, 2021
Creates a Raise the Age Juvenile Justice Task Force to consider and provide recommendations regarding implementation of juvenile jurisdiction expansion to encompass persons 18 years old and 19 years old; maintains the current juvenile court jurisdiction maximum age limit to 17; and adds a clear and convincing evidence standard to overcome the presumption of individuals aged 8-12 years old of being incapable of committing crime.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the Senate on March 4, 2021
Amendment offered by Sen. Jeff Holy (Cheney) (R) on March 4, 2021
Children under the age of 8 are incapable of committing a crime. Children 8 through 12 years old who are charged with any class C felony, gross misdemeanors, or misdemeanors are considered incapable of committing a crime. Children age 8 through 12 who are charged with any class A felony or any class B felony are presumed to be incapable of committing crime but the presumption of being incapable of committing a crime can be removed by proof.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the Senate on March 4, 2021
Amendment offered by Sen. Judy Warnick (Grant) (R) on March 4, 2021
Requires the raise the age juvenile justice task force to consider and provide recommendations regarding implementation of juvenile court jurisdiction's minimum age increase from age 8 to age 13 and restores the minimum age of the juvenile court jurisdiction to eight years of age.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the Senate on March 4, 2021
Received in the House on March 6, 2021
Referred to the House Children, Youth & Family Committee on March 6, 2021
Amendment offered in the House on March 19, 2021
Adds the following persons to the Task Force: • an individual representing the WSAC with expertise in county facilities; • an individual representing the DOH; • an individual representing the statewide organization representing public defense attorneys; • an individual representing the DCYF; • two individuals representing communities who have been impacted or served by the juvenile justice system; and • an individual from the medical community with expertise in adolescent brain development.
Referred to the House Appropriations Committee on March 22, 2021

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