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Exclude Detention Facilities From Deadly Force Law

Concerning the use of deadly force in a detention facility.
2016 Regular Session
Crimes, Corrections, & Enforcement
Bill Summary

Under current law, an occupant of a dwelling is justified in using any degree of physical force, including deadly physical force, against another person when that other person has made an unlawful entry into the dwelling, and when the occupant has a reasonable belief that such other person has committed a crime in the dwelling in addition to the uninvited entry or is committing or intends to commit a crime against a person or property in addition to the uninvited entry, and when the occupant reasonably believes that such other person might use any physical force, no matter how slight, against any occupant.

The act states that 'dwelling' does not include any place of habitation in a detention facility.

(Note: This summary applies to this bill as enacted.)





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Bill Text

  • All Versions (7 )
    Date Bill Type Documents
    04/14/2016 Signed Act PDF
    04/14/2016 Final Act PDF
    03/28/2016 Rerevised PDF
    03/24/2016 Revised PDF
    03/04/2016 Reengrossed PDF
    03/03/2016 Engrossed PDF
    02/03/2016 Introduced PDF

The effective date for bills enacted without a safety clause is August 7, 2024, if the General Assembly adjourns sine die on May 8, 2024, unless otherwise specified. Details