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Archive for January, 2015

News Archive

Director of Board of Parole Speaks to CARES Family & Friends Call. Join us!

Friday, January 30th, 2015

Join us for the CARES family & friends call Tuesday, February 3rd at 8:00 pm when we welcome Jennifer Shaffer, Executive Officer Board of Parole Hearings. Ms. Shaffer is the director of the Board of Parole Hearings, (BPH) and will speak to CARES about her work, the direction of BPH, and Youth Offender Parole. We are pleased to have this special opportunity to host her at our meeting this coming Tuesday night. Ms. Shaffer was appointed executive officer of BPH by Governor Brown in 2011. Since then she has overseen implementation of many important programs and changes related to the parole process in California, not the least of which is youth offender parole. Learn more about her background here.  She is interviewed in a KQED report, California Prisons Invest in Rehabilitation for “Lifer” Inmates here.

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The experience of one victim family member when a youth offender is resentenced

Friday, January 30th, 2015

dt_common_streams_StreamServerAn excellent article that starts by describing a campaign to reduce mass incarceration but then introduces a son dealing with his father’s murder and the resentencing hearing for the man who as a teen got life without parole for the crime. Insightful and nuanced. A Voice for Victims; Alison Holcomb is leading a national campaign to shrink the prison population. She is looking for answers in surprising places.

Now is your chance! You can be a part of shaping the law! JOIN US!!

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

This week the Board will release the first draft of the regulations for Youth Offender Parole. Regulations are important! You can help shape them. Interested? Complete this questionnaire. Regulations are the rules that tell the agency, commissioners, and others how to use a law. What will be released this week is only a draft, and in the coming weeks the public has a right to give input to shape the final regulations. Give your opinion! Would you like to learn how you can? We would like to help you.