Juveniles; detention of those transferred or certified. (SB259)

Introduced By

Sen. Louise Lucas (D-Portsmouth)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Detention of transferred or certified juveniles.  Provides that juveniles whose criminal cases have been transferred to circuit court or certified be placed in juvenile detention centers rather than in adult correctional facilities. If the juvenile demonstrates that he is a threat to the security or safety of the other juveniles detained or the staff of the home or facility, he may be moved to an adult facility if authorized by a judge. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/12/2010Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/10 10103295D
01/12/2010Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/14/2010Assigned Courts sub: Criminal
01/25/2010Impact statement from DPB (SB259)
01/25/2010Reported from Courts of Justice with amendment (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/26/2010Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/27/2010Read second time
01/27/2010Reading of amendment waived
01/27/2010Committee amendment agreed to
01/27/2010Engrossed by Senate as amended SB259E
01/27/2010Printed as engrossed 10103295D-E
01/28/2010Read third time and passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/29/2010Impact statement from DPB (SB259E)
02/08/2010Placed on Calendar
02/08/2010Read first time
02/08/2010Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/16/2010Assigned Courts sub: #1 Criminal
02/26/2010Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (8-Y 0-N)
03/08/2010Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (21-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/08/2010Committee substitute printed 10105734D-H1
03/09/2010Read second time
03/09/2010Constitutional reading dispensed BLOCK VOTE (96-Y 0-N)
03/09/2010VOTE: --- AGREE TO (96-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/09/2010Motion to reconsider constitutional reading dispensed agreed to
03/09/2010Constitutional reading dispensed BLOCK VOTE (94-Y 0-N)
03/09/2010VOTE: --- ADOPTION #2 (94-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/09/2010Committee substitute agreed to 10105734D-H1
03/09/2010Engrossed by House - committee substitute SB259H1
03/09/2010Passed House with substitute BLOCK VOTE (95-Y 0-N)
03/09/2010VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (95-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/10/2010House substitute agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/10/2010Title replaced 10105734D-H1
03/22/2010Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB259ER)
03/22/2010Impact statement from DPB (SB259ER)
03/22/2010Signed by Speaker
03/25/2010Signed by President
04/13/2010G Approved by Governor-Chapter 739 (effective 7/1/10)
04/13/2010G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0739)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 1 clip in all, totaling 35 seconds.


Linda writes:

I strongly agree with this bill. I congratulate Senator Lucas for recommending this bill. Currently, a 14 year old charged and transferred or certified to the Norfolk court system is moved to the overcrowded city jail. The crimes that bring these juveniles before the court also puts these children with the most violent offenders within the jail setting. These juveniles are exposed to the worst of society while at a tender and vulnerable age. Even if the charges are dismissed later, the scars of the experience remains forever to haunt these children.

Junius Gash writes:

This SB 259 should have been made law. Youth are the roots of all humanity. If our society let out youth become rotten or dry up, humanity, as God intended, shall become extinct. I urge you to pass this Bill into law.