House Bill 50
151st General Assembly (Present)
House Judiciary 12/18/20
Committee Hearing takes place within twelve legislative days.
AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 10 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO JUVENILE RECORDS.
Recognizing that a criminal charge can have lasting collateral consequences for a juvenile on employment and education opportunities, this bill raises the age in which a juvenile’s information, such as their name and mug shot, may be released by the state. The bill also seeks to address issues related to the release of such information on publicly-maintained social media pages. This bill seeks to balance both the rights of juveniles and the public’s right to know by saying that the names and photos of juveniles who have been charged and/or found delinquent of Class A misdemeanors, and Title 11 felonies, may only be released when the offending juvenile is 16 or older. This legislation also adds clarifying language to prevent the inadvertent release of sensitive information online that could have lasting impacts on a juvenile long after they have been charged, and in some cases, acquitted, of a crime.
Takes effect upon being signed into law