As Introduced: The bill would have placed the YRTCs under the administration of Nebraska’s Department of Correctional Services rather than the Department of Health and Human Services, breaking apart the responsibilities of DHHS’ Office of Juvenile Services.
As Amended: The bill no longer transfers the YRTCs to the Department of Corrections. Instead, it limits the age of youth sent to the YRTCs to 14 and older and requires the Department of Correctional Services to provide training and help ensure safety, the YRTCs to report assaults and attempts to escape to a juvenile committing court, and county attorneys to consider previous placement at a YRTC when deciding whether to file a juvenile’s case in adult or juvenile court.
Introducing Senator: Ashford, Hadley (at the request of the Governor) – Judiciary Priority Bill
Committee Hearing Date: January 26, 2012
Final Status: Signed by Governor, April 10, 2012
Estimated Fiscal Impact: This bill has no estimated fiscal impact.
Voices for Children’s Position: Oppose original version (see our testimony here); no position on amended version.