Fair Sentencing for Youth



Archive for August, 2016

News Archive

Read this article about SB 1052 and the 10-year-old who inspired the bill.

Tuesday, August 30th, 2016

‘I shot dad’: The tragic case of a child who killed his abusive, neo-Nazi father, and why SB 1052 is a sane response.  Click here.  Convinced? Help out here. 

Miranda Rights for Youth Bill Passed in Assembly! Now on to the Senate!

Wednesday, August 24th, 2016

The California state Assembly passed a bill that would require a consultation with a lawyer for anyone under the age of 18 before they can waive their Miranda rights and be questioned. Now the Senate will decide the bill’s fate. TAKE ACTION HERE. Watch this video about a police interrogation of a 13-year-old boy and his mother’s insirational response.

California Senate Bill 1052 passed in the state’s lower house with a vote of 50-28. It will next be considered by the state Senate. If passed into law SB 1052 would provide extra protection for children in the custody of the police. It is based on research that shows the reduced capacity of children to comprehend complex legal issues and to appreciate the consequences of their actions. The bill would in effect give children assistance so they would have parity with adults in making important decisions about waiving their rights to remain silent and speaking to the police without an attorney.

Watch this powerful, short video. You will be moved.

Thursday, August 18th, 2016

See a 13-year-old child being interrogated by the police: It is horrifying.  Hear his mother’s reaction: It is inspiring.  Watch Miranda Rights for Youth.   /  Take action here.


Youth Offender Program: Lower security level for people under age 22. Hear people inside talk about the program.

Monday, August 1st, 2016

Click to watch the video and hear young men who’ve just entered prison and benefited from the Youth Offender Program, and older men who wish they’d had it, give advice. When last year AB 1276 became law, young people entering California state prisons got a chance to as one young man describes, not become “fresh meat ” on level IV yards and instead go to yards with education  and vocational opportunities. CDCR just released this video with the voices of men speaking about the program to youth entering prison.