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Councilmember Harold Brazil
A BILL IN THE COUNCIL OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
Councilmember Harold Brazil introduced the following bill, which was referred to the Committee on
To establish a Juvenile Justice Task Force for the purpose of recommending improvements in the District of Columbia's criminal justice system as it applies to juveniles.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE COUNCIL OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, That this act may be cited as the "Juvenile Justice Task Force Establishment Act of 2003".
Sec. 2. Establishment of the Juvenile Justice Task Force.
(a) There is established the Juvenile Justice Task Force ("Task Force").
(b) The Task Force shall perform the following duties:
(1) Review and analyze laws and procedures related to the criminal justice system in the District of Columbia and how it pertains to persons under age 25;
(2) Make recommendations to the Council, in the form of proposed legislation or otherwise, for enhancing public safety and juvenile justice and educating young people to be self-supporting and law-abiding citizens;
Sec. 3. Membership of the Task Force.
(a) The Task Force shall consist of 13 voting members and 8 non-voting members.
Sec. 4. Meetings and hearings.
(a) The Task Force shall meet as necessary to conduct its official business.
(b) A majority of the voting members shall constitute a quorum.
(c) The Task Force may act by an affirmative vote of at least 7 of its voting members.
(d) The Task Force may conduct hearings, receive testimony, and call witnesses to assist the Task Force in the exercise of its powers and duties;
(e) The Chairperson of the Task Force is authorized to administer an oath to witnesses. The Task Force may conduct hearings or meetings in camera if, at the discretion of the Chairperson of the Task Force, it is appropriate and necessary to do so either for the purpose of protecting the confidentiality of young people or for the purpose of protecting the security of law enforcement personnel;
(f) The Mayor shall assist the Task Force and its Chairperson in the performance of the Task Force's powers and duties.
Sec. 5. Report of the Task Force.
(a) No later than April 1, 2003, the task Force shall issue a report to the Council stating its recommendations for reforming the Juvenile Justice system in the District of Columbia.
(b) The report shall state if any legislation should be enacted to improve the juvenile justice system in the District of Columbia. In the event that the Task Force recommends legislative changes, the report should estimate the cost of the proposed legislation.
(b) A majority of the members shall constitute a quorum.
Sec. 6. Fiscal impact statement.
The Council adopts the fiscal impact statement in the committee report as the fiscal impact statement required by section 602(c)(3) of the District of Columbia Home Rule Act, approved December 24, 1973 (87 Stat. 813; D.C. Code § 1-233 16 (c)(3)).
Sec. 7. Effective date.
This act shall take effect following approval by the Mayor (or in the event of a veto by the Mayor, action by the Council to override the veto), and a 30-day period of Congressional review as provided in section 602(c)(1) of the District of Columbia Home Rule Act, approved December 24, 1973 (87 Stat. 813; D.C. Official Code § 1-206(c)(1)), and publication in the District of Columbia Register.
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