SB18-017 - Determinate Sentence For Indeterminate Sex Offense

Postponed Indefinitely
Concerning granting judicial discretion to sentence a defendant to an indeterminate or determinate sentence for a sexual offense, and, in connection therewith, requiring the criteria and basis for the sentencing decision to be articulated on the public record.

Sentencing in the Criminal Justice System Interim Study Committee. Currently, a court is required to sentence certain sex offenders to an indeterminate sentence that is a maximum of the sex offender's life. The bill allows the court to choose either the indeterminate sentence or a determinate sentence in those cases. The bill addresses the factors related to punishment and treatment that a court must consider when deciding between an indeterminate or a determinate sentence. The court must specify its reasons on the record for choosing either a determinate or an indeterminate sentence.
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)

Senate Committees

Latest update: February 12, 2018
02/12/2018 - Senate Committee on Judiciary Postpone Indefinitely
01/31/2018 - Senate Committee on Judiciary Lay Over Unamended - Amendment(s) Failed
01/10/2018 - Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Judiciary