|Passed by the House March 10, 2009|
Speaker of the House of Representatives
Passed by the Senate April 17, 2009
President of the Senate
I, Barbara Baker, Chief Clerk of the House of Representatives of the State of Washington, do hereby certify that the attached is ENGROSSED HOUSE BILL 2279 as passed by the House of Representatives and the Senate on the dates hereon set forth.
Governor of the State of Washington
Secretary of State
State of Washington
|State of Washington||61st Legislature||2009 Regular Session|
Read first time 02/23/09. Referred to Committee on Public Safety & Emergency Preparedness.
AN ACT Relating to the offense of assault of a child in the first degree by requiring the review of the sentencing of offenders and modifying the conditions of release; amending RCW 9.94A.703; creating new sections; and providing an effective date.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON:
NEW SECTION. Sec. 1 This act shall be known as the Eryk Woodruff
public safety act of 2009.
NEW SECTION. Sec. 2 (1) The sentencing guidelines commission
shall review the crime of assault of a child in the first degree as it
relates to: The elements of the crime, sentencing under the sentencing
reform act grid, all provisions providing for exceptional sentences
both above and below the standard sentencing ranges, judicial
discretion in sentencing, earned early release, and community custody
requirements. As part of its review, the commission shall:
(a) Study the relevant provisions of the sentencing reform act relating to assault of a child in the first degree;
(b) Consider the revision of the sentencing range for assault of a child in the first degree which includes, but is not limited to, taking into consideration the violence of the offense, the age of victims, the criminal history of the offender, the mental health capacity of the offender, and the risk of the offender reoffending in the community;
(c) Consider the use of advisory sentencing guidelines for assault of a child in the first degree;
(d) Consider the modification of the mandatory minimum term of confinement for an offender convicted of assault of a child in the first degree;
(e) Consider altering the statutory provisions surrounding earned early release for an offender convicted of assault of a child in the first degree;
(f) Consider restructuring or adjusting the statutory community custody conditions for offenders convicted of assault of a child in the first degree;
(g) Consider the use of determinate plus sentencing that provides for a minimum and a maximum term of confinement for an offender convicted of assault of a child in the first degree; and
(h) Determine the fiscal impact of any proposed recommendations.
(2) The commission shall review and make recommendations regarding the revision or modification of the sentences of offenders convicted of the crime of assault of a child in the first degree.
(3) The commission shall submit its findings to the appropriate committees of the legislature no later than December 31, 2009.
Sec. 3 RCW 9.94A.703 and 2008 c 231 s 9 are each amended to read
When a court sentences a person to a term of community custody, the court shall impose conditions of community custody as provided in this section.
(1) Mandatory conditions. As part of any term of community custody, the court shall:
(a) Require the offender to inform the department of court-ordered treatment upon request by the department;
(b) Require the offender to comply with any conditions imposed by the department under RCW 9.94A.704;
(c) If the offender was sentenced under RCW ((
for an offense listed in RCW (( 9.94A.712)) 9.94A.507(1)(a), and the
victim of the offense was under eighteen years of age at the time of
the offense, prohibit the offender from residing in a community
(d) If the offender was sentenced under RCW 9A.36.120, prohibit the offender from serving in any paid or volunteer capacity where he or she has control or supervision of minors under the age of thirteen.
(2) Waivable conditions. Unless waived by the court, as part of any term of community custody, the court shall order an offender to:
(a) Report to and be available for contact with the assigned community corrections officer as directed;
(b) Work at department-approved education, employment, or community restitution, or any combination thereof;
(c) Refrain from possessing or consuming controlled substances except pursuant to lawfully issued prescriptions;
(d) Pay supervision fees as determined by the department; and
(e) Obtain prior approval of the department for the offender's residence location and living arrangements.
(3) Discretionary conditions. As part of any term of community custody, the court may order an offender to:
(a) Remain within, or outside of, a specified geographical boundary;
(b) Refrain from direct or indirect contact with the victim of the crime or a specified class of individuals;
(c) Participate in crime-related treatment or counseling services;
(d) Participate in rehabilitative programs or otherwise perform affirmative conduct reasonably related to the circumstances of the offense, the offender's risk of reoffending, or the safety of the community;
(e) Refrain from consuming alcohol; or
(f) Comply with any crime-related prohibitions.
(4) Special conditions.
(a) In sentencing an offender convicted of a crime of domestic violence, as defined in RCW 10.99.020, if the offender has a minor child, or if the victim of the offense for which the offender was convicted has a minor child, the court may order the offender to participate in a domestic violence perpetrator program approved under RCW 26.50.150.
(b)(i) In sentencing an offender convicted of an alcohol or drug-related traffic offense, the court shall require the offender to complete a diagnostic evaluation by an alcohol or drug dependency agency approved by the department of social and health services or a qualified probation department, defined under RCW 46.61.516, that has been approved by the department of social and health services. If the offense was pursuant to chapter 46.61 RCW, the report shall be forwarded to the department of licensing. If the offender is found to have an alcohol or drug problem that requires treatment, the offender shall complete treatment in a program approved by the department of social and health services under chapter 70.96A RCW. If the offender is found not to have an alcohol or drug problem that requires treatment, the offender shall complete a course in an information school approved by the department of social and health services under chapter 70.96A RCW. The offender shall pay all costs for any evaluation, education, or treatment required by this section, unless the offender is eligible for an existing program offered or approved by the department of social and health services.
(ii) For purposes of this section, "alcohol or drug-related traffic offense" means the following: Driving while under the influence as defined by RCW 46.61.502, actual physical control while under the influence as defined by RCW 46.61.504, vehicular homicide as defined by RCW 46.61.520(1)(a), vehicular assault as defined by RCW 46.61.522(1)(b), homicide by watercraft as defined by RCW 79A.60.050, or assault by watercraft as defined by RCW 79A.60.060.
(iii) This subsection (4)(b) does not require the department of social and health services to add new treatment or assessment facilities nor affect its use of existing programs and facilities authorized by law.
NEW SECTION. Sec. 4 This act takes effect August 1, 2009.