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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…)


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!!


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!

Newt Gingrich, Pat Nolan Op Ed in Support of 260

Saturday, August 24th, 2013

Deciding how to treat young people who commit crimes is not a partisan issue. Conservatives Gingrich and Nolan believe it is important to give young people the chance to prove themselves. Read their op ed, published 8/23/13.