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North Dakota House adopts resolutions for reducing recidivism, improving juvenile justice system

Speaker of the House Lawrence Klemin, R-Bismarck, has proposed House Concurrent Resolution 3031 to study the juvenile justice system. Mike McCleary / Bismarck Tribune

BISMARCK — North Dakota House members adopted two study resolutions Thursday that seek to improve outcomes for released prisoners and the juvenile justice process.

House Concurrent Resolution 3015, introduced by Rep. Bernie Satrom, R-Jamestown, seeks a study for best practices to reduce offenders' recidivism, prepare them to rejoin society and aid them with housing and educational opportunities.

The House adopted the resolution in an 88-4 requested roll call vote.

And House Concurrent Resolution 3031 seeks a study of the juvenile justice process to find improvements, given the age of the Uniform Juvenile Court Act, adopted in 1969 in North Dakota.

One bill passed out of a 2017-18 interim committee from a previous, similar study was approved. Gov. Doug Burgum signed that bill into law Wednesday, which raises the age of criminal responsibility in North Dakota from 7 to 10.

House Speaker Lawrence Klemin, R-Bismarck, brought the resolution, seeing "more to do" for the juvenile justice system after the previous study.

The House adopted the resolution on a voice vote.

Both resolutions now go to the Senate.