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Prop 57 Proposed Regs are out!

Saturday, March 25th, 2017

CDCR released their proposed regulations for Prop 57: Prop 57 Emerg Regs. Watch a slideshow about the regs here.

They are “emergency regulations,” which means they will go into effect quickly and will be in use while the permanent regulations go through the formal vetting process, including a 45-day public comment period. Learn more about what is in the regs and how you can participate in the public comment period: Download this Prop 57 Slideshow PDF. There you’ll  get an overview of the process and a description of the content of the emergency regulations. Here’s a  Prop 57 Regulations Sample Letter with Instructions 3-24-17 to use to weigh in!

The emergency regulations can stay in effect for 180 days. We can expect that prior to the end of that period the permanent regulation rule-making process will occur, and during that time there will be a minimum 45-day period for written public comments. There will also be public hearings. As people who care about this issue, we should weigh in at every chance. Stay tuned to learn about other deadlines, public hearings, and more.


TAKE ACTION NOW: Speak Up on Prop 57 Regs! And, Support Two Bills on the Rights of Children and Youth!

Friday, March 10th, 2017

There are three important ways to take action right now: 1. Support SB 394, ending life without parole for youth under age 18; 2. Support SB 395, protecting Miranda rights for youth; and 3. Give your opinion on Prop 57 Regulations. There’s more info and sample letters here.



Monday, January 2nd, 2017

On Sunday, January 15, 2017 at 2pm you’re invited to attend in person in West Los Angeles (or by video conference from any smart phone) a meeting to hear about the history of work to end the use of life without parole sentences for youth, next steps this year, and discussion of possible future efforts to stop the use of LWOP for young adults. Elizabeth Calvin of Human Rights Watch and others, including Joel, who was sentenced to LWOP at age 17 and is now out, will make presentations and lead the discussion. Step by step, we will make progress. Everyone is welcome. RSVP is required: Write to Mana or call her at 310-477-5540 to let us know if you would like to attend, and you’ll get instructions on where and how. 

Prop. 57 Update! January 17th @ 8pm

Monday, January 2nd, 2017

PROP. 57 UPDATE! January 17th CARES for Youth Call-In Meeting at 8pm. Join us to learn the latest about what Proposition 57 should mean for people in prison, and what’s happening with the regulation-making process. You will hear the absolute most up-to-date news, learn ways you can be involved in shaping the regulations, and get a sense of what to expect. Leading the call will be Frankie Guzman and Rourke Stacy who worked to draft and pass Proposition 57. Everyone is welcome.  Call: (641) 715-3670 Code: 817682#

Next Family and Friends CARES Call January 3rd!

Saturday, December 17th, 2016

January 3, 2017, 8pm: REENTRY EXPERT Dominik Taylor of Root and Rebound will describe this organization’s amazing range of tools that you and your loved ones can use to ensure a happy and healthy return to home from prison. Dominik  will talk about the Roadmap to Reentry; the reentry legal hotline; the Family & Children Toolkit; and the brand-new online training hub. You’ll also get to ask questions about reentry.

January 17, 2017, 8pm: PROP. 57 UPDATE!  Join us to learn the latest about what Proposition 57 should mean for people in prison, and what’s happening with the regulation-making process. You will hear the absolute most up-to-date news, learn ways you can be involved in shaping the regulations, and get a sense of what to expect. Joining the call will be Elizabeth Calvin, Frankie Guzman, Rourke Stacy, and  all of who worked to draft and pass Prop. 57.Join us! Everyone is welcome. Call: (641) 715-3670 Code: 817682#

SPREAD SOME LIGHT! Donate to the CARES Holiday Project: Gifts for murder victim family members

Monday, December 5th, 2016

We all know the holidays are an especially hard time for people who have suffered the loss of a loved one. Help CARES raise money to give gifts to murder victim families during the holiday season. The 4th Annual CARES Holiday Project is a chance to give to families who have suffered a lot. Joining us for this project are men at Lancaster Prison! Please send a donation of ANY AMOUNT (no amount too small!)

This project is a reminder that compassion and connection can overcome so many barriers. Every year we hear gratitude from the people who receive the gifts. They are especially moved that the people giving are family and friends of those in prison, and people in prison themselves.

Send your donation to: HRW CARES Victim Holiday Gifts, 11500 W. Olympic Blvd., Ste. 541, Los Angeles, CA 90064. Make checks out to either Elizabeth Calvin, or HRW (HRW if you want it to be a nonprofit donation) with subject line: “CARES Victim Family Gifts.” If you need a receipt, please let us know.

Hear Jason’s story of success with a SB 261 Youth Offender Parole Hearing!

Monday, December 5th, 2016

Join us for the CARES Family & Friends Call Tuesday, December 6th at 8:00 pm when we welcome JASON who was just paroled a few weeks ago under SB 261. His talk will be packed with important information for anyone seeking parole under SB260/261. Join us! Everyone is welcome. Call: (641) 715-3670 Code: 817682#

At age 20 Jason was sentenced to 15-to-life for Second Degree Murder. He spent more than 23 years in prison and is among the first people paroled under the expanded Youth Offender Parole process, SB 261. His own hard work and the help of the Youth Offender Parole process led to his release November 8th. Jason will describe his life journey and what he did to prepare for his hearing and release. He’ll share heartfelt insights into his crime, and describe how even without a “perfect” prison record he was able to use self-study, programs, and inmate-led groups to earn parole. He will answer your questions about the hearing process and what commissioners are looking for in people’s lives.


There will be time to for you to welcome him home and ask questions.

Read this article about SB 1052 and the 10-year-old who inspired the bill.

Tuesday, August 30th, 2016

‘I shot dad’: The tragic case of a child who killed his abusive, neo-Nazi father, and why SB 1052 is a sane response.  Click here.  Convinced? Help out here. 

Miranda Rights for Youth Bill Passed in Assembly! Now on to the Senate!

Wednesday, August 24th, 2016

The California state Assembly passed a bill that would require a consultation with a lawyer for anyone under the age of 18 before they can waive their Miranda rights and be questioned. Now the Senate will decide the bill’s fate. TAKE ACTION HERE. Watch this video about a police interrogation of a 13-year-old boy and his mother’s insirational response.

California Senate Bill 1052 passed in the state’s lower house with a vote of 50-28. It will next be considered by the state Senate. If passed into law SB 1052 would provide extra protection for children in the custody of the police. It is based on research that shows the reduced capacity of children to comprehend complex legal issues and to appreciate the consequences of their actions. The bill would in effect give children assistance so they would have parity with adults in making important decisions about waiving their rights to remain silent and speaking to the police without an attorney.

Watch this powerful, short video. You will be moved.

Thursday, August 18th, 2016

See a 13-year-old child being interrogated by the police: It is horrifying.  Hear his mother’s reaction: It is inspiring.  Watch Miranda Rights for Youth.   /  Take action here.