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 being interrogated by the police would get to consult with legal counsel before they give up their constitutional rights.

Read this one-page descriptoin SB 395 here!  SB 395- Miranda Factsheet. Read the bill text here.

Then, take action!!  Send a letter! Here are to easy-to-use options:

Sample letter with instructions OR

Several short letters– pick one to just 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 would have made 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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