Fair Sentencing for Youth



Archive for February, 2014

News Archive

Get your own guide to SB 260 Youth Offender Parole Hearings!

Saturday, February 1st, 2014

Download a guide to understanding SB 260 and the Youth Offender Parole process. Answer five easy questions & then you will get a link to the guide. (We are asking for basic info from you so that we can keep you updated about changes.) Click here! Problems? Email ecalvin@hrw.org with the subject line “Can’t get YOPH materials.”


Saturday, February 1st, 2014

Join to hear attorney Barbara Dunn, who  has represented many people seeking parole. The majority of her clients were teenagers at the time of their crimes. She will speak from the perspective of a successful parole attorney: “10 Things Family & Friends Can Do to Help Loved Ones Prepare for a Parole Hearing and Parole”

Conference Dial-in Number: (805) 399-1000 and Participant Access Code: 817682#

CARES calls are on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month. After February 4th, the next call will be on February 18th.   

Second SB 9 Resentencing!

Saturday, February 1st, 2014

A second person who was sentenced to life without parole for crimes committed as a teen was given a new sentence and the possibility of parole under SB 9. Read more here. The victim’s son described the difficulty of the situation for the family of the man killed, and also expressed an openness to the possibility of someone who has murdered changing overtime:  “It’s hard, peeling the scab off and going through it all again. I want closure, I don’t want to keep going through this process and so if he gets paroled, I might want to check in and see. He did a horrendous act, but I don’t even know who he is as a person so I’d like to learn more.”