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DIGEST OF SB139 (Updated February 3, 2004 5:32 pm - DI 84)
Forensic diversion program. Repeals the forensic diversion program and requires the forensic diversion study committee to study community based treatment instead of incarceration for offenders who have a mental illness or an addictive disorder. Creates the forensic diversion test program for counties that previously operated a forensic diversion program. Permits certain offenders with a mental illness or addictive disorder to receive treatment in lieu of incarceration if the offender has not committed a violent offense or a drug dealing offense. Permits the execution of nonsuspendible sentences to be stayed while an offender is participating in the test program, and allows the sentence to be waived if the offender successfully completes the program. Requires the test program to be administered by a judge. Makes other changes.