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Senate passes youth life without parole bill, moving CA one step closer to ending the sentence for youth!

Tuesday, June 6th, 2017

On May 30th, the California Senate passed SB 394, the “Montgomery Bill.” It now heads to the State Assembly, where it will need to survive two committees and a vote of the full Senate to become law. If it does become law, people sentenced to life without parole for crimes that happened under age 18 will have a chance at parole starting in the 25th year of incarceration. Click here to act!

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.