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Care about kids? YOUR Reps in Sacramento need to hear from YOU. Take two minutes, and sign a letter in support of SB 1391!

Friday, April 13th, 2018

An important bill that seeks to overturn California’s law permitting 14- and 15-year-olds to be sent to adult court and face adult prison terms cleared a hurdle April 3 when it passed out of the Senate Public Safety Committee with five yes votes and one no.

 

You can watch the hearing here and hear Daniel Mendoza testify about being 14 and facing life in prison but getting a second chance. He took that chance and turned it into educational achievement: This year he will graduate from UC Davis with a degree in sociology. When it came time for those in the audience to express support, more than three-quarters of the room stood and lined up for the mic in a strong show of support for protecting youth from the harm of incarceration and being tried as adults.

During the hearing, Senator Bradford addressed the representatives of the several law enforcement associations that opposed the bill, “If this was your 14- or 15-year-old, what options would you want for them? And I guarantee you wouldn’t want them in an adult court, you wouldn’t want them in an adult prison, and I stake my life on that,” and announced his support for the bill.

He went on to say, “…[A]gain, these are black and brown kids who are being suffered and being sent to prison like this… [T]hey belong in a juvenile court, not in an adult court, not in adult prison and… as Senator Lara stated, let’s talk about the trauma that has impacted many of these young folks who are on the wrong path.  What has happened in the home, what has happened in the community? …[S]tudies… have shown some kids from 12 to 14 have the same symptoms as individuals that have gone to war, because of the trauma and violence they see in their communities. To sit here and say they are ready to go to adult prison, I just find that absurd and I would strongly support this bill and I hope I can be added as a co-author to this measure as well, and only ask for more common-sense legislation as we move forward.”

As common-sense as this bill seems, the law enforcement opposition means it will have a difficult time being passed if senators and assembly members do not hear from people. It will be heard next on April 23rd in the Appropriations Committee. This is the time to act, and to tell your Senator and Assembly Member that they must support this bill! Head over to the Take Action page to sign letters in support of SB 1391, it will take two minutes out of your day.

Spread the word about SB 1391 and help us protect the lives of 14- and 15-year-old children.

YOU can directly work to change CA law. Help keep youth in the juvenile justice system.

Tuesday, March 15th, 2016

The Public Safety and Rehabilitation Act is an initiative that can dramatically change whether youth end up in the adult system as well as affect credit and parole practices. In order to pass into law this initiative must be voted on, by the people, on the 2016 presidential election ballot.

900,000 signatures in support of this initiative must be collected by the first week of May in order to qualify the initiative to be on the ballot. Hundreds of volunteers are needed from across the state to go out to their neighborhoods, schools, religious communities, malls, etc. and help collect signatures.

Please complete this questionnaire if you would like to get involved. This can only be achieved with the support of everyone passionate about this cause.

Here is a summary of The Public Safety and Rehabilitation Act of 2016:

  • Require that judges, not prosecutors, decide whether a young person is tried as an adult, and give judges more options when considering this important question;
  • Authorize adult parole consideration for people in prison with nonviolent offenses who complete the full sentence for their primary offense; and
  • Allow prisoners to earn credits for good behavior, education, and rehabilitative achievement.

Happy SB 260 passed? Take a few minutes to call those who supported it.

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

If you are grateful that California has taken a step in the right direction by passing SB 260, please take a few minutes to call your Assembly Member and Senator, and drop an email to Governor Brown. Go to the TAKE ACTION page. It’s very quick, and it’s important (more…)

GOVERNOR BROWN HAS SIGNED SB 260 INTO LAW

Tuesday, September 17th, 2013

Giving hope to thousands of youth sentenced to adult prison terms, their families, and our communities, Governor Brown signed SB 260 into law tonight!!

WRITE GOVERNOR BROWN TODAY!

Monday, September 16th, 2013

Do you care about youth with long adult prison sentences? Take action, write the Governor. SB 260 means hope and a real chance to earn parole for 5,000+ youth who have been sentenced to adult prison terms. Governor Brown has to not veto the bill for it to become law. Tell him why you think it is important. Go to the TAKE ACTION page on this website for a form letter to make your own.

SB 260 Passed in the Senate! Now it is up to the Governor.

Tuesday, September 10th, 2013

On Tuesday 9/10/13 the California Senate passed SB 260, and the bill cleared its final legislative hurdle, having passed in both the Senate and the Assembly. But to become law, the Governor must not veto the bill. Governor Brown has until October 11, 2013 to sign or veto SB 260.

You can help by thanking Assembly Members!

Tuesday, September 10th, 2013

We need help right now in thanking Assembly Members who voted yes on SB 260 last week. Give a quick call or send a note! Go to the TAKE ACTION page to get a list with phone numbers. It is fast and easy.

SB 260 Passes 52 to 24 in the Assembly!!!

Friday, September 6th, 2013

SB 260 passed a tremendous hurdle in the State Assembly on Friday, September 6th. Go to “TAKE ACTION” on this website to help us with the next step! Next week SB 260 goes for a vote before the Senate and must pass there. If it does, the last thing required to become law is the signature of the Governor.

SB 260 will be voted on this Friday! Join us there or by TV

Friday, September 6th, 2013

On Friday, 9/6/13, the California Assembly is likely to vote on SB 260. The session starts at 10:00. Please join us in the Assembly gallery if you can, or watch the vote on “Cal Channel.” Click here: http://www.calchannel.com/live-webcast/ and then click “Assembly Floor Session” Friday at 10:00a.m. We cannot say for sure when the bill will be heard, it could be any time during the day.

We need 41 votes for it to pass in the Assembly. If it does, it will then have to go to the Senate for one, final vote. Then, the Governor’s office would be the last stop.

We will also text the outcome by Twitter. You get our texts sent to your phone by just sending a text message to: 40404, and the text: follow fairsentencing. It’s free, although your regular text charges will apply. You do not need a “smart phone.”

SB 260 off of Suspense! Next Stop: Assembly Floor Vote!

Friday, August 30th, 2013

On August 30th, SB 260 passed out of the Appropriation Committee. It will now head to a vote of the full Assembly the week of September 3rd. This is your last chance to let your Assembly Member know how you feel about this bill!