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CS/HB 361 — Persons Authorized to Visit Juvenile Facilities

by Criminal Justice Subcommittee and Reps. Richardson, Stafford, and others (CS/SB 1004 by Criminal Justice Committee and Senator Brandes)

This summary is provided for information only and does not represent the opinion of any Senator, Senate Officer, or Senate Office.

Prepared by: Criminal Justice Committee (CJ)

The bill authorizes the following persons to visit between the hours of 6 a.m. and 11 p.m. all facilities housing juveniles that are operated or overseen by the Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) or a county:

  • The Governor;
  • A Cabinet member;
  • A member of the Legislature;
  • A judge of a state court;
  • A state attorney;
  • A public defender; and
  • A person authorized by the secretary of the DJJ.

The bill requires the DJJ to make rules for purposes of implementing the bill, including rules pertaining to visitation of a state facility housing juveniles between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. by a person specified in the bill.

If approved by the Governor, these provisions take effect July 1, 2018.

Vote: Senate 37-0; House 113-0