Juveniles; release and review hearing for serious offender, plea agreement. (HB1991)

Introduced By

Del. Jay Jones (D-Norfolk) with support from co-patron Del. Alfonso Lopez (D-Arlington)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Juveniles; release and review hearing for serious offender; plea agreement. Clarifies that the Department of Juvenile Justice (the Department) may petition the court that committed a juvenile for a hearing for an earlier release of a juvenile when good cause exists for an earlier release as permitted under current law and shall petition the committing court for a determination as to the continued commitment of each juvenile committed as a serious offender at least 60 days prior to the second anniversary of the juvenile's date of commitment and at least 60 days prior to each annual anniversary thereafter as required under current law, notwithstanding the terms of any plea agreement or commitment order. Similarly, at the conclusion of such hearing, the bill provides that notwithstanding the terms of any plea agreement, the court shall order any of the dispositions permitted under current law such as continued commitment to the Department or release of the juvenile under terms and conditions after considering the statutory factors. Read the Bill »


03/18/2021: signed by governor


01/11/2021Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/21 21101460D
01/11/2021Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/14/2021Assigned Courts sub: Criminal
01/20/2021Subcommittee recommends reporting (6-Y 2-N)
01/22/2021Reported from Courts of Justice (15-Y 7-N) (see vote tally)
01/25/2021Read first time
01/26/2021Read second time and engrossed
01/27/2021Read third time and passed House (58-Y 42-N)
01/27/2021VOTE: Passage (58-Y 42-N) (see vote tally)
01/27/2021Impact statement from DPB (HB1991)
01/28/2021Constitutional reading dispensed
01/28/2021Referred to Committee on the Judiciary
02/05/2021Continued to 2021 Sp. Sess. 1 in Judiciary (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/17/2021Reported from Judiciary with amendments (9-Y 4-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
02/19/2021Constitutional reading dispensed (32-Y 0-N)
02/22/2021Read third time
02/22/2021Reading of amendments waived
02/22/2021Committee amendments agreed to
02/22/2021Engrossed by Senate as amended
02/22/2021Passed Senate with amendments (23-Y 16-N)
02/23/2021Placed on Calendar
02/23/2021Senate amendments agreed to by House (55-Y 41-N)
02/23/2021VOTE: Adoption (55-Y 41-N)
02/25/2021Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1991ER)
02/25/2021Impact statement from DPB (HB1991ER)
02/25/2021Signed by President
02/26/2021Signed by Speaker
03/01/2021Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 1, 2021
03/01/2021G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., March 31, 2021
03/18/2021G Approved by Governor-Chapter 284 (effective 7/1/21)
03/18/2021G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0284)