Governor Brown signed into law AB 1276, a bill likely to prevent thousands of the state’s youngest prisoners from being initiated into their incarceration with the experience of rape, assault, and gang life.
Thank you to every one who wrote letters and made phone calls: You made this new law possible!
Approximately 4,800 people under the age of 22 are admitted to California prisons each year. Under current practice they are routinely sent to the most maximum security, violent prison units, known as “level IV yards,” where young people are especially vulnerable to assault and where they are immediately in close proximity to the facilities’ most negative influences. Those yards also have the fewest programs for education and self-help.
Assembly Bill 1276 will now require the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to carefully consider the case of each person under the age of 22 entering prison. It must conduct committee-based, specialized review for placing the person at a lower security level facility with increased access to educational and self-help programs.
The new has the potential to dramatically change the lives of thousands of young people. Fewer young adults will be raped. Fewer will be assaulted. They won’t be forced to turn to gangs for protection, or in despair. Young people will have greater access to educational programs.
Thank you for your part in making this happen.
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Help CARES, a group of family members of youth sent to adult prison, with their holiday project to raise money for gifts for murder victim family members.
Holidays are an especially hard time for people who have suffered the loss of a loved one. CARES wants to support murder victim family members during the holidays. We are collecting donations of ANY AMOUNT (no amount too small!) to buy gift cards and small gifts to send with holiday cards to members of a murder victim family support group. Send your donation to: HRW CARES Victim Holiday Gifts, 11500 Olympic Blvd., Ste. 541, Los Angeles, CA 90064. Make checks out to either Elizabeth Calvin, or HRW (HRW if you want it to be a nonprofit donation) with subject line: CARES Victim Family Gifts. If you need a receipt please let us know.