Fair Sentencing for Youth



Archive for June, 2014

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Murder victim family member speaks to CARES on the healing power of compassion. Join the CARES family & friends call Tuesday night

Monday, June 30th, 2014

Please join us on July 1st at 8pm for a special guest. Dial-in Number: (805) 399-1000 Code:  817682# Rebecca lost her sister, Wendy, to an act of violence. Wendy was a therapist with a passion for working with young people with mental health problems. One of her patients took her life. It took Rebecca a long time to get to a place where she could see Wendy’s murder from an empathetic viewpoint. Although she will never “get over” her sister’s death, Rebecca decided she could make a choice about what meaning she takes from the loss. In honor of her sister’s memory and life work, Rebecca chose to become a voice for reform of youth sentencing laws in California and beyond. She volunteered hundreds of hours to help pass both SB 9 and SB 260.

Rebecca will speak to us as a surviving family member of a murder victim and talk about steps that can be taken to begin healing for everyone affected by violent crimes and the ripples of devastation that emanate from them. She shares understanding and compassion for those who have lost a loved one to violence and to those who have lost a child to the criminal justice system that does not adequately consider the immaturity of young people.

Please join CARES for Youth for this special opportunity.

CARES calls happen twice a month on the first and third Tuesday at 8pm. They are typically an hour long, and provide a supportive, nonjudgmental setting for family and friends of youth sentenced to adult prison terms. We don’t always get the announcement up on the website, but if you sign up here, we will send regular email telling who the speaker is that week.



Support AB 1276! Send a quick email today!!

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

The Senate needs to hear from you! AB 1276 will improve access to services and programs for young adults entering CA prisons. Click here for an easy-to-use letter: Letter of Support AB 1276. You can email it to: SCOPS@sen.ca.gov. For more info about the bill: AB 1276 Juv Class Fact Sheet 5-23-14.