Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
For Immediate Release: March 1, 2006
Sen. Nancy Riley
Bill Modifies Youthful Offender Act
A measure to modify the Youthful Offender
Act passed out of the Senate today. Senate Bill 1760,
by Senator Nancy
Riley, will automatically charge persons aged fifteen
to seventeen as adults if they are charged with first
"We're talking about fifteen, sixteen and seventeen
year olds who have firmly implanted in their minds what
is right and wrong - committing murder," said Riley,
R-Tulsa. "And when you're dead, you're dead."
Currently, the courts can do reverse certification for
those aged thirteen to seventeen or decide whether to
charge them as adults or juveniles. SB 1760 will remove
persons aged fifteen to seventeen from under the protection
of the Youthful Offender Act so that they are automatically
charged as adults in cases of first degree murder.
"I believe the testimony given during the task
force meetings this summer showed that these individuals
need the consequences of their behavior," continued
Riley. "We need to hold them accountable for these
unthinkable acts and charge them as adults."
Riley shared that in 2004 seventeen juveniles were convicted
of first degree murder yet their sentences were later
amended to lesser charges including manslaughter, aggravated
assault, accessory to a felony, robbery with a dangerous
weapon, murder in the second degree and one case was
She also noted that 47.1 percent of those seventeen
offenders had prior delinquent adjudications.
SB 1760 now moves to the House to be considered in committee.
more information contact:
Senator Riley's Office - (405) 521-5600