Emerging Adult Sentencing Reform Proposal

Preamble: An act relating to persons sentenced for offenses committed prior to reaching eighteen twenty-five years of age:

Sec. 2. RCW 9.94A.540 and 2205c 437s 2 are each amended to read as follows:

(1)(e) Any offender convicted of the crime of aggravated first degree murder for a murder that was committed prior to the offender’s eighteenth twenty-fifth birthday shall be sentenced to a term of total confinement not less than twenty-five years.

Sec. 9. RCW 10.95.030 and 2010c 94 s 3 are each amended to read as follows:

(2)(e) ‘Developmental period’ means the period of time between conception and the eighteenth twenty-fifth birthday.

(3)(a)(i) Any person convicted of the crime of aggravated first degree murder for a murder that was committed prior to the person’s sixteenth twenty-fifth birthday shall be sentenced to a maximum term of life imprisonment and a minimum term of total confinement not less than twenty-five years.

(ii) deleted

Sec. 10. RCW 9.94a is amended to read as follows:

            (1) Notwithstanding any other provisions of this chapter, any person convicted of one or more crimes committed prior to the person’s eighteenth twenty-fifth birthday may petition the indeterminate sentence review board for early release after serving no less than twenty years fifteen years of total confinement, provided the person has not been convicted for any crime committed subsequent to the person’s eighteenth twenty-fifth birthday, the person has not committed a major violation in the twelve months prior to filing the petition for early release, and the current sentence was not imposed under RCW 10.95.030 or 9.94A.507.

Sec. 11. RCW 10.95 is amended to read as follows:

            (1) A person, who was sentenced prior to June 1, 2014, to a term of life without the possibility of parole for an offense committed prior to their eighteenth twenty-fifth birthday, shall be returned to the sentencing court or the sentencing court’s successor for sentencing consistent with RCW 10.95.030. Release and supervision of a person who receives a minimum term of less than life will be governed by RCW 10.95.030.