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Limit The Detention Of Juveniles

Concerning measures to limit the detention of juveniles, and, in connection therewith, making and reducing an appropriation.
2021 Regular Session
Children & Domestic Matters
Bill Summary

The act prohibits the imposition of secured monetary or property conditions on a bond for juveniles charged with or accused of committing a delinquent act.

The act reduces the juvenile detention bed cap from 327 beds to 215 beds beginning in fiscal year 2021-22.

The act adds members and responsibilities to the existing statutory working group for criteria for placement of juvenile offenders. The working group's responsibilities include examining available alternatives to youth detention, the use of detention beds, and examining necessary investments in alternatives to youth detention.

The act decreases appropriations made in the annual general appropriation act for the 2021-22 state fiscal year to the department of human services.

The act makes the following appropriations to the department of human services:

  • $202,541 for use by the office of information and technology;
  • $427,979 for use by the division of child welfare, and an additional 4.5 FTE; and
  • $24,789 in federal funds for use by the division of child welfare.
    (Note: This summary applies to this bill as enacted.)


Became Law


Bill Text

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