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Have you paroled under SB 260 / Youth Offender Parole??

Sunday, August 31st, 2014

If you or a loved one has paroled under SB 260 -Youth Offender Parole, please contact Elizabeth Calvin at Human Rights Watch ecalvin@hrw.org. Put in the subject line “Paroled under SB 260!”  Thanks.

AB 1276 passed in the Assembly. Urge the governor to sign it into law!!

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

Let Governor Brown know you support this bill: Click here. With a vote that included both Democrats and Republicans, AB 1276 flew out of the Assembly and now is on the Governor’s desk. If he signs it, it becomes law. If he vetoes, the bill is dead. You can help make sure it passes! Write or call the Governor. Here are links to make it easy.

AB 1276 passes out of the state Senate! California is one step closer to protecting young people who enter prison.

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

If passed into law, AB 1276 would ensure that people under the age of 22 at the time they enter prison are less likely to be placed on dangerous maximum security yards, and more likely to have access to programs and services. In short, it will mean that young people entering prison will be less likely to be assaulted or raped; have less pressure to be gang-involved; and have a better chance of getting into the kinds of programs needed to work towards parole.

We’re happy to report that AB 1276 passed out of the Senate August 20th, 2014. Thank you to everyone who sent letters of support. It now heads to the Assembly for a concurrence vote. If successful there, it goes to the governor.

If passed into law, AB 1276 would ensure that people under the age of 22 at the time they enter prison are less likely to be placed on dangerous maximum security yards, and more likely to have access to programs and services. In short, it will mean that young people entering prison will be less likely to be assaulted or raped; have less pressure to be gang-involved; and have a better chance of getting into the kinds of programs needed to work towards parole.

Under current law and practice, young people entering prison are placed on the most dangerous yards in part because they are young: Youthfulness is a factor is used against a person in the classification process.

Join us in welcoming home two young men released under SB 260 / Youth Offender Parole. We’ll learn from them at the CARES Family and Friends Call on Tuesday night, August 19th.

Monday, August 18th, 2014

On Tuesday, August 19th at 8:00 pm our guest speakers will be two young men recently paroled under the Youth Offender Parole law.  Welcome them home! And, hear about their experiences under the Youth Offender Parole process. They will talk about the practical as well as the emotional impacts for those on the inside and their families.

JUST CALL TO JOIN! Conference Dial-in Number: (805) 399-1000 Participant Access Code: 817682# 

Michael: Sentenced to adult prison for a crime committed at age 15 years old, Michael spent 17 years in prison and was paroled after a Youth Offender Parole Hearing. Currently living in a sober living program and working for Cal Trans, he will start college in the fall at San Francisco State University. He describes himself as spiritual, grateful, & committed to giving back and helping others.

Tim: Convicted of crimes committed at age 16 and sentenced to 25-to-life, the Youth Offender Parole law allowed Tim to be released seven years early. Since being released he has been connecting with friends and family and will return to college in September to earn a degree in  computer science. He describes himself as very left brain…”even nerdy…”

When Dogs Go To Jail

Monday, August 18th, 2014

Read about dogs snatched from death row…and the humans sentenced to life in prison who save them:  When Dogs Go to Jail

Get your own guide to Youth Offender Parole!

Friday, August 8th, 2014

Have questions about SB 260 and the youth offender parole process? You can find answers in the Youth Offender Parole (SB 260) guide for prisoners and their families and friends. Click here for a link  (we ask that you give us basic contact info so we can let you know in the future if there are updates to the guide.)

The guide includes:

  • An updated  guide to understanding the Youth Offender Parole process;
  • An introduction to how to prepare for a parole hearing;
  • An interview with a murder victim family member who has important words for inmates and their family members to consider; and
  • Advice from several people who successfully paroled from California prisons.

If you have problem accessing the guide, please send an email to ecalvin@hrw.org with the subject line “I cannot get the YOPH materials.”

This guide was sent in May and June 2014 to approximately 4,000 prisoners who may be eligible for Youth Offender Parole.

And, we now we have a version in Spanish:  YOPH SPANISH – SB 260 Guide for Prisoners and Their Families and Friends 5-1-14 v3.  (We hope to translate it into other languages as well, but do not yet have the resources.)

SB 260 Guía de información para los internos, sus familia, y amigos: audiencia de libertad condicional para juveniles

Friday, August 8th, 2014

SB 260 Guía de información para los internos, sus familia, y amigos audiencia de libertad condicional para juveniles  

A former lifer, his wife, and their attorney speak on “Winning with Teamwork”

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

Tuesday August 5th CARES for Youth will host its twice-monthly call-in meeting. Everyone is welcome! Just call to join and listen in at 8:00pm. Conference Dial-in Number: (805) 399-1000; Participant Access Code: 817682# We will welcome our guest speakers: Lynn Wu, a Staff Attorney at the Prison Law Office and Dennis & Opal Bye.  Dennis is a former lifer and Opal is his wife. They will speak on “Winning with Teamwork: Getting the most out of your relationship with a lawyer.”

About our speakers: Dennis and Opal Bye met on the first day of high school and have been married since 1966. Dennis was convicted of 2nd degree murder for an offense he committed in 1993. He was denied parole three times before Lynn Wu, an attorney at the Prison Law Office, went to court and won a right to a new hearing. Dennis was granted parole and Opal picked him up from prison and drove him home on June 10, 2014. They renewed their wedding vows on June 21.

Family members can play an important role in helping attorneys representing their loved ones. Dennis, Opal, and Lynn worked together as a team to win Dennis’ freedom and will talk Tuesday night about how you can do the same.

JUST CALL TO JOIN.

Conference Dial-in Number: (805) 399-1000

Participant Access Code:

817682#