The age of people who can be sentenced as youthful offenders could be increased if House Bill 1122 gets the governor’s signature.
The bill would allow young adult offenders, age 18 or 19 at the time of the crime and younger than 21 at the time of sentencing to be held in the state’s Youthful Offender System.
State Rep. Ellen Roberts authored the bill and says kids held in the Youthful Offender System are less likely to become repeat offenders because they’re rehabilitated instead of put into adult correctional facilities.
The bill also ensures other youth in the system are protected by excluding young adults convicted of sex offenses, or class 1 or class 2 felonies.
Roberts says the bill was approved with wide bipartisan support but awaits the governor's signature before becoming law.