Fair Sentencing for Youth

 

   

Miranda Rights for Youth! Support SB 395

Protecting the Rights of Children and Youth

California SB 395 is being considered by the legislature and if it is passed into law, youth under age 18 facing interrogation by the police would get to consult with legal counsel before they give up their constitutional rights.

Read this one page description of SB 395! Read the bill text here.

Then, take action!!  Send a letter! Please send us letters for your Senator and Governor Brown. Here are two easy-to-use options:

Sample letter with instructions to Assembly Public Safety Committee and sample letter to be personalized for Governor Brown OR

Several short letters – just pick one to print, sign, and send!

Watch this very short, very powerful video showing the abusive interrogation of a 13-year-old and last year’s bill 1052.

US Youth Miranda Rights

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Under current law, police are allowed to:

  • Remove a child from school without a parent’s permission
  • Interrogate a child for hours without a parent’s knowledge
  • Lie to the child about what evidence exists against him or her
  • Threaten long prison sentences
  • Not contact a parent during interrogation, even when a child is asking to speak with their mother or father.

The end result is that children and youth are alone in a very high-pressure situation, and are often frightened.

SB 395 is a bill that, if passed, will make sure a person under the age of 18 gets to talk to an attorney before giving up his or her constitutional rights.

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