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SB 6160: Relating to revising conditions under which a person is subject to exclusive adult jurisdiction and extending juvenile court jurisdiction over serious cases to age 25

SB6160 transfers certain offenses committed by youth aged 16 or 17 from the exclusive jurisdiction of adult court to the exclusive jurisdiction of juvenile court. 
The bill increases determinate sentencing ranges for juveniles aged 16 or 17 charged in juvenile court of these offenses. 

Further, the reach of the Option B Juvenile Suspended Disposition Alternative is expanded; discretionary decline hearings for juveniles under 15 who are not charged with murder 1 or murder 2 and who are not charged with a serious violent offense are eliminated; and the age limit for confinement in a juvenile rehabilitation institution is extended from 21 to 25.

Amendments on the Senate floor create the following changes: 

Creates a sentencing enhancement in juvenile court requiring the court to add three months total confinement to a sentence, to be served consecutively, when the court finds the respondent is 16 or 17 years old and committed the offense of robbery in the first degree, drive-by shooting, rape of a child in the first degree, burglary in the first degree, or any violent offense as defined in RCW 9.94A.030 and was armed with a firearm, and the court finds that the respondent’s participation was related to membership in a criminal street gang or advancing the benefit, aggrandizement, gain, profit, or other advantage for a criminal street gang.