Fair Sentencing for Youth



Learn the nuts ‘n bolts of Youth Offender Parole SB 260 & SB 261!! February 16 at 8pm

Here’s your chance to learn how Youth Offender Parole (SB 260 & SB 261) works! Two lawyers will join the CARES call, describe the laws and then answer your questions Tuesday night, February 16, 2016 at 8pm. JUST CALL TO JOIN!  Call: (641) 715-3670  Code: 817682# Everyone  is welcome!

Join us to welcome our speakers: ATTORNEYS  KRISTEN BELL and LYNN WU.  Youth Offender Parole now applies to people who were age 14 through 22 at the time of their crimes. On this week’s CARES call we’ll hear from two attorneys who have been involved with the implementation of these laws, taught workshops in prison, and are currently members of the team drafting the new guide.


What is Youth Offender Parole?
Who is eligible?
When does SB 261 start?
When are hearings held?
Who is excluded? 
And much, much more…
Plus, a question and answer session


Kristen Bell is a Soros Justice Fellow with the Post-Conviction Justice Project at the University of Southern California.  As an attorney, she researches how youth offender parole hearings are working across the state, advocates for progressive regulations, and works on habeas corpus petitions to appeal parole denials under SB 260 and 261.  She also works with a coalition of advocates to help educate prisoners about the youth offender parole law.  Kristen is a recent graduate of Stanford Law School, and prior to law school she obtained her PhD in philosophy with a focus on mercy and criminal justice.

Lynn Wu is a Staff Attorney and Juvenile Justice Policy Advocate at the Prison Law Office.  She provides technical assistance to multidisciplinary stakeholder groups to improve outcomes for justice-involved youth, with a particular focus on girls and young women, sexually exploited youth, LGBTQ youth, and young people of color.  Lynn also advocates on behalf of life prisoners seeking parole, including those who committed their crimes before turning 18, and works with a coalition working to eliminate the treatment of young people as adults. Lynn earned her J.D. and M.P.P. from the University of California, Berkeley, her M.A.T. from the Center for Teaching Excellence and Social Justice at the University of San Francisco.



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