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Archive for August, 2018

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Senate Bill 1391 passes in the State Assembly!

Thursday, August 30th, 2018

Senate Bill 1391 (Lara) passed in the State Assembly late last night, with a 41-23 vote. The bill is now returning to the Senate for a concurrence vote, before heading to Governor Brown’s desk.

We are grateful to our powerful coalition of advocates, formerly incarcerated people, activists, and community members who care about protecting our 14- and 15-year-old youth.

We need your help one more time! Please head over to our Take Action page, and learn how you can ask Governor Brown sign this important bill into law!


Call your Assembly Member and tell them to vote yes on SB 1391.

Tuesday, August 21st, 2018

In California, children as young as 14 are given adult sentences, including life in prison.

This shouldn’t happen. If you live in California or know someone who does, make a call.  

1 easy call + 2 minutes of your time = Keep kids under 16 from being tried as adults & sentenced to life in prison.

Monday, August 20th, 2018

Do you have a loved one sentenced to prison? Think about those who were sentenced to prison at age 14 or 15. Help end this practice: CLICK HERE FOR EASY INSTRUCTIONS. The next few days may be your last chance to help pass a law that would stop California from sending youth under 16 to the adult system.  

August 21st CARESCall Welcomes Senator Skinner

Monday, August 20th, 2018

Join the CARESCall as we welcome the Honorable Nancy Skinner, California State Senator on Tuesday, August 21st, at 8 pm. Everyone is welcome. Call: (515) 604-9384 Code: 313882#  Senator Skinner will lead a detailed discussion on SB 1437, which aims to reform the Felony Murder Rule in California.The Felony Murder Rule disproportionately affects youth and people of color, and people are given harsh and unjust prison sentences. The current law has devastated many families and communities, and the bill would bring fairness and proportionate sentencing to the California justice system.

Tonight, August 7th at 8pm CARES for Youth Call guest Dawn Davison, former California state prison warden

Tuesday, August 7th, 2018
Join CARES for Youth when we welcome retired California state prison warden Dawn Davison to the CARES call. With over 30 years at the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR), Ms. Davison worked at California Institute for Women, Calipatria, Lancaster, California Rehabilitation Center, and other prisons. As a warden, she instituted many rehabilitative programs and worked with volunteer groups, emphasizing education, life, and workplace skills; the maintenance of family and community relationships; successful reintegration into society; and breaking the inter-generational cycle of incarceration.
After retiring in 2009, Ms. Davison has remained active on nonprofit boards and as a consultant and activist for the rights of people in prison. She is also a “special consultant” to the Female Offender Programs and Services of CDCR. On this CARES call, Ms. Davison will give us a brief history of her work for the CDCR and her insights on what it takes to successfully rehabilitate and to earn parole. She will answer your questions and is sure to provide excellent advice.
This evening is a special opportunity to learn from a highly experienced correctional professional who has our loved ones’ interests in mind.

Join the CARES for Youth
Call as we welcome
Dawn Davison
Former California State Prison Warden
Tuesday, August 7th, at 8 pm
Everyone is welcome.
Call: (515) 604-9384
Code: 313882#