CAP Action Alert: 3 Good Juvenile Justice Bills, Tues. 2.25.14 – Please Help Them Crossover

3 good juvenile justice bills being heard in FIN & JUD
Tuesday, February 25 @ 2:00 p.m.

PLEASE SUPPORT OUR YOUTH!

If you would like to send testimony, please go to: www.capitol.hawaii.gov

  • cap action alertSign in at the top.
  • Click on the “Submit Testimony” icon.
  • Type the Bill number in the box and click on “Submit.”
  • Click on “support” or “oppose”
  • Click on “Individual” (unless you are a bona fide Organization)
  • Add comments if you wish or attach written testimony from your browser Click on “Next”
  • Check small box at the bottom
  • Press Submit again and you will get a “Successful” message
  • A copy of your testimony will be emailed back to you.

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COMMITTEE ON FINANCE
Rep. Sylvia Luke, Chair
Rep. Scott Nishimoto, Vice Chair
Rep. Aaron Ling Johanson
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
2:00 p.m.
Room 308
SUPPORT HB 2489 HD1 – INVESTING IN JUVENILE JUSTICE

HB 2489 HD1 – INVESTING IN JUVENILE JUSTICE
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2014/bills/HB2489_HD1_.pdf

Appropriates funds to the family court division of the judiciary and the office of youth services to reduce juvenile delinquency recidivism through evidence-based practices and mental health and substance abuse treatment programs, respectively. Effective July 1, 2014.

CAP POSITION: SUPPORT
Here for CAP Testimony

Talking Points:

  • Funding community good programs that address the issues that our youth face is a more effective way of dealing with youthful offenses
  • 7,000 youth in Family Court per year – 80% have substance treatment needs and 60% have mental health issues that need to be addressed
  • 41% of our youth are incarcerated for nonviolent offenses
  • For the cost of incarcerating one youth ($200,000/year) we could treat several youth and grow a network of programs to directly address their issues

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SUPPORT HB 2490 – – RETOOLING THE JUVENILE JUSTICE SYSTEM

HB 2490 HD 1 – RETOOLING THE JUVENILE JUSTICE SYSTEM
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2014/bills/HB2490_HD1_.pdf

Enhances the juvenile justice system by concentrating secure bed space on serious juvenile offenders. Strengthens disposition, adjustment, diversion, and services available for juvenile offenders to ensure family court judges, court staff, departmental staff, and service providers have the tools needed to keep youth safely and effectively in their communities. Increases interagency collaboration. Establishes a temporary Juvenile Justice Oversight Advisory Council. Effective July 1, 2014.

CAP POSITION: SUPPORT
Here for CAP Testimony

Talking Points:

  • incarcerating juveniles is not the most effective way of helping our youth
  • Reserving incarceration for serious offenses committed by juveniles is smart
  • This bill can only work to the extent that it is funded in HB 2489 HD1
  • 41% of committed youth are nonviolent

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COMMITTEE ON JUDICIARY
Rep. Karl Rhoads, Chair
Rep. Sharon Har, Vice Chair
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
2:00 pm
Room 325
SUPPORT HB 2116 HD1 – SENTENCING FOR JUVENILES 

HB 2116 HD1 – SENTENCING FOR JUVENILES
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2014/bills/HB2116_HD1_.pdf

Establishes new factors to be considered in sentencing those convicted of an offense committed while under the age of 18, and a sentencing modification process for the same. Eliminates sentences of life without parole for juvenile offenders. Requires the Hawaii Paroling Authority to establish guidelines for minimum term served before parole eligibility.

CAP POSITION: SUPPORT
Here for CAP Testimony

Talking Points:

  • In June 2012 the US Supreme Court ruled that juvenile life without parole was unconstitutional
  • The US is the only country that allows juvenile life without parole
  • Hawai`i is among a decreasing number of states with juvenile life without parole still in statute
  • New discoveries provide scientific confirmation that the teen years are a time of significant transition

 

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

 

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