House Bill 470
149th General Assembly (2017 - 2018)
The General Assembly has ended, the current status is the final status.
AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 10 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO RELEASE OF PERSONS ACCUSED OF CRIMES.
This Act would permit the Superior Court to conduct an evidentiary hearing, upon motion from the Department of Services for Children, Youth & Their Families, before placing a child 16 years of age or older, in a secure detention facility pending trial. The purpose of the hearing is for the Court to determine whether the child should be placed in a facility not operated by the Department because either the Department’s facilities are at or beyond capacity or the child is deemed to be a risk to self or to other children held in secure detention facilities operated by the Department. If the Court orders the child transferred solely because the Department’s facilities are at or beyond capacity, the Court shall require the Department to transfer the child as soon as the capacity level is below capacity and to provide at least weekly updates on the capacity to the Court and no child may be held in a facility for adults for longer than 60 days. A child may also be transferred if the Court finds clear and convincing evidence that the child is a danger to self or other youth and the child’s needs would be better served at a facility not operated by the Department. This bill contains a sunset provision that is 2 years from the effective date.