Chief Sponsor: Angela Romero

Senate Sponsor: Luz Escamilla


9     General Description:
10          This bill addresses rulemaking authority by the Division of Juvenile Justice Services.
11     Highlighted Provisions:
12          This bill:
13          ▸     requires the Division of Juvenile Justice Services to create rules regarding policies
14     and procedures to prevent, detect, and respond to sexual assaults of minors in
15     detention and secure care facilities;
16          ▸     requires the Division of Juvenile Justice Services to create rules regarding the
17     collection and reporting of data regarding sexual assaults of minors in detention and
18     secure care facilities; and
19          ▸     makes technical and conforming changes.
20     Money Appropriated in this Bill:
21          None
22     Other Special Clauses:
23          None
24     Utah Code Sections Affected:
25     AMENDS:
26          80-5-202, as enacted by Laws of Utah 2021, Chapter 261

28     Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:

29          Section 1. Section 80-5-202 is amended to read:
30          80-5-202. Division rulemaking authority -- Reports on sexual assault.
31          (1) In accordance with Title 63G, Chapter 3, Utah Administrative Rulemaking Act, the
32     division shall make rules to:
33          (a) [establishing] establish standards for the admission of a minor to detention;
34          (b) [that] describe good behavior for which credit may be earned under Subsection
35     80-6-704(4); [and]
36          (c) [that] establish a formula, in consultation with the Office of the Legislative Fiscal
37     Analyst, to calculate savings from General Fund appropriations under 2017 Laws of Utah,
38     Chapter 330, resulting from the reduction in out-of-home placements for juvenile offenders
39     with the division[.]; and
40          (d) establish policies and procedures regarding sexual assaults that occur in detention
41     and secure care facilities.
42          (2) In accordance with Title 63G, Chapter 3, Utah Administrative Rulemaking Act, the
43     division may make rules:
44          (a) that govern the operation of prevention and early intervention programs, youth
45     service programs, juvenile receiving centers, and other programs described in Section
46     80-5-401; and
47          (b) that govern the operation of detention and secure care facilities.
48          (3) A rule made by the division under Subsection (1)(a):
49          (a) may not permit secure detention based solely on the existence of multiple status
50     offenses, misdemeanors, or infractions arising out of a single criminal episode; and
51          (b) shall prioritize use of home detention for a minor who might otherwise be held in
52     secure detention.
53          (4) The rules described in Subsection (1)(d) shall:
54          (a) require education and training, including:
55          (i) providing to minors detained in secure care and detention facilities, at intake and

56     periodically, easy-to-understand information, which is developed and approved by the division,
57     on sexual assault prevention, treatment, reporting, and counseling in consultation with
58     community groups with expertise in sexual assault prevention, treatment, reporting, and
59     counseling; and
60          (ii) providing training specific to sexual assault to division mental health professionals
61     and all division employees who have direct contact with minors regarding treatment and
62     methods of prevention and investigation;
63          (b) require reporting of any incident of sexual assault, including:
64          (i) ensuring the confidentiality of sexual assault reports from minors and the protection
65     of minors who report sexual assault; and
66          (ii) prohibiting retaliation and disincentives for reporting sexual assault;
67          (c) require safety and care for minors who report sexual assault, including:
68          (i) providing, in situations in which there is reason to believe that a sexual assault has
69     occurred, reasonable and appropriate measures to ensure the minor's safety by separating the
70     minor from the minor's assailant, if known;
71          (ii) providing acute trauma care for minors who report sexual assault, including
72     treatment of injuries, HIV prophylaxis measures, and testing for sexually transmitted
73     infections;
74          (iii) providing confidential mental health counseling for minors who report sexual
75     assault, including:
76          (A) access to outside community groups or victim advocates that have expertise in
77     sexual assault counseling; and
78          (B) enabling confidential communication between minors and community groups and
79     victim advocates; and
80          (iv) monitoring minors who report sexual assault for suicidal impulses, post-traumatic
81     stress disorder, depression, and other mental health consequences resulting from the sexual
82     assault;

83          (d) require staff reporting of sexual assault and staff discipline for failure to report or
84     for violating sexual assault policies, including:
85          (i) requiring all division employees to report any knowledge, suspicion, or information
86     regarding an incident of sexual assault to the director or the director's designee;
87          (ii) requiring disciplinary action for a division employee who fails to report as required;
88     and
89          (iii) requiring division employees to be subject to disciplinary sanctions up to and
90     including termination for violating agency sexual assault policies, with termination the
91     presumptive disciplinary sanction for division employees who have engaged in sexual assault,
92     consistent with constitutional due process protections and state personnel laws and rules;
93          (e) require that any report of an incident of sexual assault be referred to the Division of
94     Child and Family Services or a law enforcement agency with jurisdiction over the detention or
95     secure facility in which the alleged sexual assault occurred; and
96          (f) require data collection and reporting of all incidents of sexual assault from each
97     detention and secure care facility.
98          (5) The division shall annually report the data described in Section (4)(f) to the Law
99     Enforcement and Criminal Justice Interim Committee.