Sponsored by Rep. Hurst, HB 1096 is the companion to SB 5376.
Substitute bill: The substitute bill states that if a juvenile with no prior criminal history is before the court for a first offense of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm based on minor age and the court finds that a standard range disposition would effectuate a manifest injustice, the court may impose another disposition. The court may defer a disposition for a juvenile charged with Unlawful Possession of a
Firearm in the second degree based solely on minor age. A new disposition alternative specific to firearm offenses is created, and may be imposed in lieu of a standard range sentence in qualifying cases. Use of the alternative is at the discretion of the court, and requires the juvenile to undergo an intensive intervention that utilizes evidence-based practices that have been proven effective for reducing aggressive or violent behavior. If the juvenile does not comply with the alternative, the standard range disposition is imposed. The Washington State Institute for Public Policy must submit a report to the legislature based on data provided the Administrative Office of the Courts regarding evidence- and research based interventions and recidivism.