2017 - 2018 LEGISLATURE
February 24, 2017 - Introduced by Representatives Sanfelippo, Jacque,
Horlacher, Murphy, Duchow, Gannon, Skowronski, Ott, Kremer, Tittl,
Krug and E. Brooks, cosponsored by Senators Vukmir, Nass and Stroebel.
Referred to Committee on Corrections.
1An Act to amend
938.538 (3) (a) 1. of the statutes; relating to: time limit on
2a restrictive custody sanction under the Serious Juvenile Offender Program.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
This bill removes the three-year limit on the amount of time the Department
of Corrections may place certain juveniles participating in the Serious Juvenile
Offender Program (SJOP) in a Type 1 juvenile correctional facility or a secured
residential care center for children and youth (secured facility).
Currently, a juvenile is eligible for placement in the SJOP if he or she has been
adjudicated delinquent for committing certain felonies, including, for a juvenile 14
years of age or over, any crime punishable by life imprisonment if committed by an
adult and if he or she has been found to be a danger to the public and to be in need
of restrictive custodial treatment.
Under current law, a juvenile in the SJOP is placed in a secured facility for up
to three years or, if the juvenile has committed an act that would be punishable by
life imprisonment if committed by an adult, until the juvenile reaches 25 years of age,
unless released sooner, and provided with other sanctions, including intensive
supervision, electronic monitoring, alcohol or other drug abuse treatment and
services, mental health treatment and services, community service, restitution, and
education and employment services. This bill does not change the age 25 limit on
placement of a juvenile who has committed an act that would be punishable by life
imprisonment if committed by an adult.
For further information see the state and local fiscal estimate, which will be
printed as an appendix to this bill.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
938.538 (3) (a) 1. of the statutes is amended to read:
(a) 1. Subject to subd. 1m., placement in a Type 1 juvenile 3
correctional facility or a secured residential care center for children and youth for a
4period of not more than 3 years
(1) This act first applies to a juvenile placed in the serious juvenile offender 7
program on the effective date of this subsection.