Take Action! Tell your Senator to support SB 936!
On Monday, January 22, the Senate Committee on Criminal Justice will be considering SB 936, a bill which makes several key reforms to the juvenile justice system, including:
- Prohibiting children younger than 14 from being prosecuted as adults for offenses punishable by death or life imprisonment.
- Revising the list of crimes for which 16- and 17-year-olds can be charged as adults.
- Requiring juveniles between age 14 and 17 who are convicted as adults to be kept completely separate from adult offenders in prison.
- Creating an exception for the suspension of civil rights for juveniles convicted as adults.
The bill was introduced by Senator Bobby Powell (D-District 30), who represents the northeast portion of Palm Beach County. The text of the bill and the bill analysis and fiscal impact statement are also available. A similar bill, HB 509, has been filed in the House of Representatives.