Status Summary

03/01/2021 Referred to the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security (Updated: 3/9/21)

Legislative Session



In Progress


Rep. Jackson Lee, Sheila

This bill aims to provide alternatives to incarceration for youth (defined as those under age 21). The bill allows for certain, nonviolent offenders to receive less than the minimum sentence and broadens guidelines and encourages early release and more use of home confinement rather than incarceration. Additionally, the bill provides for consideration of individuals who have served at least 20 years imprisonment to be released or have a sentence reduction based on rehabilitation efforts and safety considerations. Mandatory life sentences will be discretionary and youth's age will be considered when sentencing for for offenses that carry a mandatory life term. The bill also designates the provision of specialized houring and programs for youth, and a pilot program for mentorship, government service skills, and working with therapy animals. Other pilot programs include diversion for high-risk and victimized youth.