- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 11, 2017

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - Nevada lawmakers have given initial approval to an initiative from the governor’s wife to reform how the state treats juvenile delinquents.

Among the biggest proposed changes are mandatory mental health screenings before final court judgments, greater data collection and gearing youth offender programs toward evidence-based practices.

The bill would also direct the Youth Parole Bureau to establish tiered punishments in order to respond proportionally when a juvenile offender breaks parole.

Kathleen Sandoval is sponsoring Assembly Bill 472 with the Council of State Governments Justice Center.

The Assembly Judiciary Committee passed the bill Tuesday. It will move to a fiscal committee.

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