Status Summary

First reading, referred to Human Services, Reentry & Rehabilitation on 1.18.19. Public hearing in the Senate Committee on Human Services, Reentry & Rehabilitation on 1.29.19. Executive action taken in the Senate Committee on Human Services, Reentry & Rehabilitation on 2.14.19; 1st substitute bill passed. Passed to Rules Committee for second reading on 2.14.19. Made eligible to be placed on second reading on 2.19.19. (updated 3.15.19)

Legislative Session

2019

Status

In Progress

Sponsor

Darneille

SB 5351 makes juvenile offenders eligible for the special sex offender disposition alternative under certain specific circumstances when

·         the offender is found to have committed a sex offense, other than a sex offense that is also a serious violent offense as defined by RCW 9.94A.030, and the offender has no history of a prior sex offense; or

·         the offender is found to have committed assault in the fourth degree with sexual motivation, and the offender has no history of a prior sex offense.

If the court finds the offender is eligible for this alternative, the court may order an examination to determine whether the respondent is amenable to treatment and must report on a variety of topics. The court can then determine whether the offender and the community will benefit from use of this special sex offender disposition alternative and consider the victim's opinion whether the offender should receive a treatment disposition under this section. If the court determines that this special sex offender disposition alternative is appropriate, then the court shall impose a determinate disposition within the standard range for the offense, or if the court concludes, and enters reasons for its conclusions, that such disposition would cause a manifest injustice, the court shall impose a disposition under option D, and the court may suspend the execution of the disposition and place the offender on community supervision for at least two years.

Conditions are also noted in which an offender must register as a sex offender and the length of the duty to register based on the severity of the crime(s).