In November 2011, Paul Mueller — a constituent of House District 60, which I represent — was brutally stabbed 24 times by a 16-year-old and left to die.
Under current law, the young man — given what he was charged with and because the judge found that he is “amenable to treatment” — will be released when he is 21 regardless of his behavior between now and then.
In this case and others, we need to make sure that we have in place the best possible options for both rehabilitating the youthful offenders in question and maintaining the highest levels of public safety. As a result of this pressing need, I introduced House Bill 142, which provides for dual sentencing.
Under this bill, judges would have another tool to use in sentencing the most violent youths. They would be able to take into consideration the behavior of youths while in custody and the efforts a youth makes towards his/her own rehabilitation.