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SB 6550: Relating to diversion of juvenile justice offenses

SB6550 revises aspects of the 1977 Juvenile Justice Act and states that the prosecutor, juvenile court probation counselor, or diversion may, and are encouraged to, refer juveniles to community-based programs or restorative justice programs (up to 20 hours) to expand, improve, and increase options to divert youth from formal processing in juvenile court. 

Effective July 1, 2019

Amendments on the Senate floor make the following changes:

Requires a prosecutor to file an offense in juvenile court that is within the jurisdiction of the court and supported by probable cause and which is a sex offense or violent offense as defined by RCW 9.94A.030, other than assault in the second degree or robbery in the second degree.

Provides that juvenile records are eligible for destruction when the records consist of successfully completed diversion agreements and counsel and release agreements completed on or after the effective date of the act and there is no restitution owing in the case.