Escape From a Juvenile Facility Act Exposed

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The Escape From a Juvenile Facility Act does not included adoption or approval information. ALEC has attempted to distance itself from this piece of legislation after the launch of in 2011, but it has done nothing to get it repealed in the states where it previously pushed for it to be made into law.

ALEC Bill Text


This bill creates the felony offense of escape from a juvenile facility. A juvenile found guilty of this offense is guilty of a felony punishable by incarceration of up to four years, and/or a fine not to exceed $2000.

Section 1. Definitions, as used in this Act:

A. “Escape” means to leave without lawful authority or to fail to return to custody when required

B. “Juvenile Facility” means a county facility, an institution operated as an agency of the county or juvenile division of the probate court or a state institution or agency designated in {Insert appropriate state statute establishing eligible juvenile facility}, or private juvenile facility operated under contract with {Insert Appropriate State Agency}, to which the individual has been committed under {Insert Appropriate State Statute) after coming within the jurisdiction of the juvenile division bf the [Insert Appropriate Court in Your State] for an offense that if committed by an adult would be a felony or a misdemeanor.

Section 2.

An individual who is placed in a juvenile facility and who escapes or attempts’ to escape from that juvenile facility or from the custody of an employee of that facility is guilty of a felony punishable by imprisonment for not more than four years or a fine of not more than $2000 or both.

Severability Clause

Repealer Clause

Effective Date

[1] In some states, it is permissable to consider “escapes” and “attempts” as the same crime, Your state’s code may differ.