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Legislative Highlights
Budget Highlights
  • Re-opening 145 close custody beds.  Oak Creek Youth Correctional Facility in Albany will re-open in January 2008 as a model gender-specific program for female youth offenders.  Other beds will come on line in late 2008 and 2009.
 
  • Funding an additional 73 community placements, beginning in April 2008.  OYA will be working with partners to identify gaps in service and solicit requests for services.
 
  • Restoring much of the cuts to juvenile crime prevention and diversion funds shared with counties.  In addition, the budget creates a new competitive funding source for gang intervention services by counties.  OYA is planning the process for those grants, and hopes to have money in communities by October 1.
 
  • Increasing rates paid to our contracted service providers, to more closely reflect the true cost of providing those services, and support staff retention needed to continue delivering evidence-based services.
 
  • Obtaining funding to continue education services to older youth in close custody.

Policy Highlights
  • Accountability:  Refined juvenile justice system audit requirements (HB 3420) and modified ethics standards for public officials (SB 10, HB 2595).
 
  • Sex Offenders:   Created a sex offender treatment certification board (HB 3233), removed registration requirements for some offenders (HB 2333), and created new crimes relating to on-line solicitation of minors.
 
  • Crime Victims.  Referred constitutional amendments to implement victims rights (SJR 49 and 50), and changes statutes governing agency actions (HB 2127).
 
  • Abuse:  Creates new training and reporting requirements regarding abuse of children (SB 379), developmentally disabled persons (SB 264), and animals (HB 1017).
 
  • Government practices.  Requires information disseminated to the public to meet plan language standards (HB 2702), provides increased protections for personal information held by public bodies (SB 583, SB 554).