Fair Sentencing for Youth



August 21st CARESCall Welcomes Senator Skinner

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

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#

SB 1391 passes in the Assembly Public Safety Committee!

Senate Bill 1391 passed in the CA Assembly Committee on Public Safety on June 26th, with a 5-2 vote. It is now headed to the Assembly Committee on Appropriations.

We had a successful day of visits with Assembly members yesterday, and we need your support in asking your Assembly members to vote yes on SB 1391. Click on this link and take action, support #SB1391!

Bill to End California Sending 14- & 15-Year-Olds to the Adult Criminal System to be Voted on!

An important effort to end the trying of youth as adults is headed to a committee vote on June 26th! Help SB 1391 pass by clicking here for easy-to-use  letters of support.



Tuesday, June 19th at 8pm CARES for Youth Call guest Shaka Senghor

Shaka Senghor tells his story of redemption and vision as the new director of the Anti-Recidivism Coalition.

He was powerful in his TED Talk, powerful in an interview with Oprah, and he’ll be powerful, here, too. Shaka is the new Executive Director of the Anti-Recidivism Coalition. His memoir, is Writing My Wrongs: Life, Death and Redemption in an American Prison, is a tribute to human strength, and his TED Talk, “Why your Worst Deeds Don’t Define You” reminds us that our worst deeds don’t define who we are or what we can contribute to the world. Join us to hear this powerful speaker.

Tuesday, June 19th at 8pm
Call: (515) 604-9384
Code: 313882#


Join the CARES Call June 5th at 8pm

Sexual abuse. Sex trafficking. Violence against girls. 
In a perverse twist of justice, many girls who experience abuse are routed into the justice system because of their victimization. Violence against girls is a painfully American tale. Our guests on Tuesday will talk about 

Violence against girls is a painfully American tale.
The facts are staggering: one in four American girls will experience some form of sexual violence by the age of 18. Fifteen percent of sexual assault and rape victims are under the age of 12; nearly half of all female rape survivors were victimized before the age of 18. Many end up in the criminal justice system. Our guests will talk about the reality of girls being victimized, and how to stop an abusive system response. Read this important report to learn more: THE SEXUAL ABUSE TO PRISON PIPELINE: THE GIRLS’ STORY.
Join the call: (515) 604-9384  Code: 313882#



This week the California Senate Passed SB 1391! It means California is one step closer to ending the practice of sending kids under age 16 to the adult criminal system. Next, it must be heard by the Assembly. Thank you to everyone who made calls and sent letters.  


CARES Call May 15th, 8pm: Phal Sok speaks on his remarkable life & immigration laws in the US

Join the call! Phal was a youth tried as an adult shortly after his father passed away in 1999. He was sentenced to nearly 24 years in prison but became eligible for earlier parole through SB 260 youth parole. He was one of the first non-lifers to be found suitable! However, when paroled, Phal was detained by immigration authorities and ordered deported to Cambodia.  Finally released in March of 2016, he returned home for the first time in 17 years. He’ll share his story with CARES and will also talk about the removal of undocumented people from the US, the privatization of immigration detention centers, and how deportation laws affect the community at large.

Throughout California and the nation, undocumented immigrants are concerned about their future. Undocumented individuals who are convicted of a felony face deportation upon their release from prison. Phal will share his views on how this broken system focuses on people of color and how for many it becomes a second form of punishment. 

Join our next CARES for Youth Call 

Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at 8pm 

with Phal Sok, Organizer, Youth Justice Coalition

Call: (515) 604-9384  Code: 313882#

Find a picture of yourself at age 14 or 15 and you can help pass SB 1391! 

Dig up a picture of yourself at age 14 or 15 and help remind Californians just how young kids sentenced as adults can be. Click and let us know here if you can find a photo of yourself by May 23rd. We’ll send you some suggested tweets/Facebook posts, etc. and a reminder when the campaign starts the last week in May. We’ll ask people to post pictures of themselves at age 14 or 15 with a statement of support for SB 1391 and the hashtags: #LifeAt14 / #LifeAt15, #CareNotCages, #PassSB1391.