Fair Sentencing for Youth



CARESCall, June 18, 2019: A couple shares their insights on adjusting to life together and parole.

Did you miss this call? Click on this link to listen to a recording! We are continuing our CARESCall series on parole. This Tuesday, we welcome our special guests, Tyrone and Patricia. Tyrone returned home to Patricia five years ago. The couple will describe working together on Tyrone’s parole plan while he was inside; how Patricia dealt with her own personal challenges; how they approached tough moments; and their rich and fulfilling life together as they help others in similar situations.

Patricia and Tyrone.

Strong communication and trust are key in any relationship, and this includes having difficult conversations and a plan in place when things become hard to navigate, like dealing with family and friends, or being exposed to negative influences. Are you ready to welcome home a loved one? Are you finding it difficult to have frank conversations? Learn from two people who have been through it. Join us on Tuesday night to learn from this hardworking and dedicated couple. As always, we will have time for questions at the end for our callers. Don’t miss this!

Tuesday, June 18, 2019 at 8:00 pm
Patricia and Tyrone:
Having a Heart to Heart During the Time of Transition

When They See Us, now streaming on Netflix.

Items of Interest

“When They See Us” Speaks to History, but the Problem of Youth Interrogation Persists
The Juvenile Law Center takes the new Netflix limited-series “When They See Us,” and highlights the ongoing problems with youth interrogation. The organization says that states must provide more protections for youth – like California did in passing a 2018 law, providing children under the age of 16 an attorney when being questioned by law enforcement. People must also question police strategies and methods, and recognize the shortcomings of our justice system.

How the ‘Central Park Five’ Changed the History of American Law
The Atlantic
The story of the Central Park Five was brought to national attention in the early 1990s, when five Black and brown teenagers were coerced into false confessions and subsequently convicted of a brutal sexual assault in New York. One of the teenagers was tried as an adult, and each one served from six to 13 years in prison. A criminologist wrongfully predicted a rise in youth crime, coining the racially-coded term “super-predator,” and the media sparked panic. Politicians across the country passed tough on crime laws, allowing harsher prison sentences for youth, including life without the possibility of parole. This led to a dramatic increase of youth being tried as adults. 

In historic move, SF supervisors vote to close juvenile hall by end of 2021
San Francisco Chronicle
The San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted 10-1 to close the county juvenile hall by 2021, in an effort to eliminate the incarceration of children. The decision was made based on findings of decreasing rates of youth crime, fewer youth being sent to detention, and skyrocketing costs of housing youth at the facility. Some groups raised concerns of having youth sent to a different county for detention, far from their families, if a judge ordered it. The new ordinance includes the creation of a task force to develop rehabilitative centers and calls for the county to redirect funds to youth programs.