SECTION 1: Chapter 119 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2018 Official Edition, is hereby amended by striking out section 87 and inserting in place thereof the following section:-
Section 87. Placement of juvenile in secure detention facility or secure correctional facility or in any institution in which juvenile has contact with adult inmates
(a) The department of youth services and the department of correction shall not place in a secure detention facility or secure correctional facility any minor who has:
(1) been charged with an offense that is not punishable by a period of incarceration or an offense that is only prohibited for minors, except minors who are held in accordance with the interstate compact on juveniles, as enacted by the commonwealth;
(2) not been arraigned on a charge or adjudicated to be a delinquent child or youthful offender, except minors arrested and held in an alternative lock-up program; or
(3) been alleged to be dependent on the court, neglected, or abused, or is in the care or custody or under the responsibility of the Department of Children and Families, unless (a) the court has made findings consistent with G. L. c. 276, s. 58A or (b) the juvenile requests such placement in writing.
(b) The department of youth services and the department of correction shall not detain or confine any minor identified in subsection (a) or any minor alleged to be or found to be delinquent in any institution in which they have contact with adult inmates; and shall require that individuals employed by the department of youth services or the department of corrections who work with both juveniles and adult inmates be trained and certified to work with juveniles by the department of youth services.
The department of youth services and the department of correction shall promulgate regulations and policies for the implementation, administration and enforcement of this section and maintain adequate records to ensure compliance with this section.
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