Juveniles; commitment to Department of Juvenile Justice, consideration of social history, report. (HB183)

Introduced By

Del. Peter Farrell (R-Henrico) with support from co-patron Del. Chris Peace (R-Mechanicsville)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Commitment of juvenile to Department of Juvenile Justice; consideration of social history. Requires a judge to review and take into consideration the results of an investigation of the social history of a juvenile before ordering the juvenile to be committed to the Department of Juvenile Justice for placement in a juvenile correctional center. Under current law, the investigation may be completed up to 15 days after the juvenile is committed to the Department. The bill provides that circuit court judges are not required to review a social history prior to sentencing or commitment. The bill also requires the Department of Juvenile Justice to develop a model social history and guidelines to be used by court services units when preparing a social history and to report its progress to the Commission on Youth by the 2015 Regular Session of the General Assembly. The bill has a delayed effective date of October 1, 2014, for the provisions related to the court's review of a social history prior to commitment. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


12/23/2013Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/14 14102999D
12/23/2013Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/10/2014Assigned Courts sub: Criminal
01/15/2014Impact statement from DPB (HB183)
01/15/2014Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (10-Y 0-N)
01/20/2014Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (21-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/20/2014Committee substitute printed 14104210D-H1
01/22/2014Read first time
01/23/2014Read second time
01/23/2014Committee substitute agreed to 14104210D-H1
01/23/2014Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB183H1
01/23/2014Impact statement from DPB (HB183)
01/24/2014Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (95-Y 0-N)
01/24/2014VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (95-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/27/2014Constitutional reading dispensed
01/27/2014Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/10/2014Impact statement from DPB (HB183H1)
02/10/2014Reported from Courts of Justice (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2014Impact statement from DPB (HB183H1)
02/11/2014Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
02/12/2014Read third time
02/12/2014Passed Senate (39-Y 0-N)
02/17/2014Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB183ER)
02/17/2014Impact statement from DPB (HB183ER)
02/17/2014Signed by Speaker
02/19/2014Signed by President
02/27/2014G Approved by Governor-Chapter 20 (effective - see bill)
02/27/2014G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0020)


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 45 seconds.


Bob Lindsey writes:

HB-183 should be passed, and amended so that pay for any extra personnel required to fulfill the act be mandated.