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HOUSE BILL NO. 81
INTRODUCED BY R. MENAHAN
AN ACT PROVIDING THAT A YOUTH TRANSFERRED FROM THE YOUTH COURT TO THE DISTRICT COURT AND FOUND GUILTY OF CERTAIN OFFENSES MAY BE COMMITTED FOR LONGER THAN 5 YEARS TO THE DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS FOR INCARCERATION IN AN APPROPRIATE CORRECTIONAL FACILITY; AND AMENDING SECTION 46-18-201, MCA.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MONTANA:
Section 1. Section 46-18-201, MCA, is amended to read:
"46-18-201. Sentences that may be imposed. (1) Whenever a person has been found guilty of an offense upon a verdict or a plea of guilty, the court may:
(a) defer imposition of sentence, except as provided in 61-8-734 for sentences for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs or as provided in 61-6-304, for a period, except as otherwise provided, not exceeding 1 year for any misdemeanor or for a period not exceeding 3 years for any felony. The sentencing judge may impose upon the defendant any reasonable restrictions or conditions during the period of the deferred imposition. Reasonable restrictions or conditions may include:
(i) jail base release;
(ii) jail time not exceeding 180 days;
(iii) conditions for probation;
(iv) payment of the costs of confinement;
(v) payment of a fine as provided in 46-18-231;
(vi) payment of costs as provided in 46-18-232 and 46-18-233;
(vii) payment of costs of court-appointed counsel as provided in 46-8-113;
(viii) with the approval of the facility or program, an order that the offender be placed in a community corrections facility or program as provided in 53-30-321;
(ix) with the approval of the prerelease center or prerelease program and confirmation by the department of corrections that space is available, an order that the offender be placed in a prerelease center or prerelease program for a period not to exceed 1 year;
(x) community service;
(xi) home arrest as provided in Title 46, chapter 18, part 10;
(xii) any other reasonable conditions considered necessary for rehabilitation or for the protection of society;
(xiii) payment of expenses for use of a judge pro tempore or special master as provided in 3-5-116; or
(xiv) any combination of the restrictions or conditions in subsections (1)(a)(i) through (1)(a)(xiii).
(b) suspend execution of sentence for a period up to the maximum sentence allowed or for a period of 6 months, whichever is greater, for each particular offense. The sentencing judge may impose on the defendant any reasonable restrictions or conditions during the period of suspended sentence. Reasonable restrictions or conditions may include any of those listed in subsection (1)(a).
(c) impose a fine as provided by law for the offense;
(d) require payment of costs as provided in 46-18-232 or payment of costs of court-appointed counsel as provided in 46-8-113;
(e) impose a county jail or state prison sentence, as provided in Title 45, for the offense or commit the defendant to the department of corrections for a period not to exceed, except for a youth transferred to district court under and found guilty of an offense enumerated in 41-5-206(1), 5 years for placement in an appropriate correctional facility or program;
(f) with the approval of the facility or program, order the offender to be placed in a community corrections facility or program as provided in 53-30-321;
(g) with the approval of the prerelease center or prerelease program and confirmation by the department of corrections that space is available, order the offender to be placed in a prerelease center or prerelease program for a period not to exceed 1 year; or
(h) impose any combination of subsections (1)(b) through (1)(g).
(2) In addition to any penalties imposed pursuant to subsection (1), if the court finds that the victim of the offense has sustained a pecuniary loss, the court shall require payment of full restitution to the victim as provided in 46-18-241 through 46-18-249.
(3) If a financial obligation is imposed as a condition under subsection (1)(a), sentence may be deferred for a period not exceeding 2 years for a misdemeanor or for a period not exceeding 6 years for a felony, regardless of whether any other conditions are imposed.
(4) If any restrictions or conditions imposed under subsection (1)(a) or (1)(b) are violated, the court shall consider any elapsed time and either expressly allow part or all of it as a credit against the sentence or reject all or part as a credit. The court shall state its reasons in the order. Credit, however, must be allowed for jail or home arrest time already served.
(5) Except as provided in 45-9-202 and 46-18-222, the imposition or execution of the first 2 years of a sentence of imprisonment imposed under the following sections may not be deferred or suspended: 45-5-103, 45-5-202(3) relating to aggravated assault, 45-5-302(2), 45-5-303(2), 45-5-401(2), 45-5-502(3), 45-5-503(2) and (3), 45-9-101(2), (3), and (5)(d), 45-9-102(4), and 45-9-103(2).
(6) Except as provided in 46-18-222, the imposition or execution of the first 10 years of a sentence of imprisonment imposed under 45-5-102 may not be deferred or suspended.
(7) Except as provided in 46-18-222, imposition of sentence in a felony case may not be deferred in the case of a defendant who has been convicted of a felony on a prior occasion, whether or not the sentence was imposed, imposition of the sentence was deferred, or execution of the sentence was suspended.
(8) If the victim was less than 16 years old, the imposition or execution of the first 30 days of a sentence of imprisonment imposed under 45-5-503, 45-5-504, 45-5-505, or 45-5-507 may not be deferred or suspended. Section 46-18-222 does not apply to the first 30 days of the imprisonment.
(9) In imposing a sentence on a defendant convicted of a sexual or violent offense as defined in 46-23-502, the court may not waive the registration requirement provided in Title 46, chapter 23, part 5.
(10) A person convicted of a sexual offense, as defined in 46-23-502, and sentenced to imprisonment in the state prison shall enroll in and complete the educational phase of the prison's sexual offender program. If the person is subject to the provisions of 45-5-512, the person shall also, as provided in 45-5-512, undergo medically safe medroxyprogesterone acetate treatment or its chemical equivalent or other medically safe drug treatment that reduces sexual fantasies, sex drive, or both, paid for by and for a period of time determined by the department of corrections. The period may not exceed the period of state supervision of the person.
(11) In sentencing a nonviolent felony offender, the court shall first consider alternatives to imprisonment of the offender in the state prison, including placement of the offender in a community corrections facility or program or a prerelease center or prerelease program. In considering alternatives to imprisonment, the court shall examine the sentencing criteria contained in 46-18-225. If the court subsequently sentences the offender to a state prison, the court shall state the reasons why it did not select an alternative to imprisonment, based on the criteria contained in 46-18-225.
(12) If a felony sentence includes probation, the department of corrections shall supervise the defendant unless the court specifies otherwise.
(13) Except as provided in 46-18-222, a provision of this section that conflicts with 46-18-219 does not apply to a person sentenced under 46-18-219."
Section 2. Coordination instruction. If House Bill No. 115 and [this act] are both passed and approved, then [this act] is void.
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