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Determinate Sentence For Indeterminate Sex Offense

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.
2017 Regular Session
Courts & Judicial
Crimes, Corrections, & Enforcement

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.)



Bill Text


Sponsor Type Legislators
Prime Sponsor

Sen. I. Aguilar


Sen. L. Guzman, Sen. D. Kagan, Sen. K. Lundberg, Sen. M. Merrifield