SB17-087 - Determinate Sentence For Indeterminate Sex Offense

Postponed Indefinitely
Concerning granting judicial discretion to sentence a defendant to an indeterminate or determinate sentence for a sexual offense, and, in connection therewith, requiring the criteria and basis for the sentencing decision to be articulated on the public record.

Currently, a court is required to sentence certain sex offenders to an indeterminate sentence that is a maximum of the sex offender's life.

The bill allows the court to choose either the indeterminate sentence or a determinate sentence in those cases. The bill addresses the factors related to punishment and treatment that a court must consider when deciding between an indeterminate or a determinate sentence. The court must specify its reasons on the record for choosing either a determinate or an indeterminate sentence.

(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)


Senate Committees

Latest update: February 22, 2017
02/22/2017 - Senate Committee on Judiciary Postpone Indefinitely
01/18/2017 - Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Judiciary