Fair Sentencing for Youth



Take Action

California has  a chance to dramatically change its justice system. Join us in helping to pass this ballot measure in November. 

A ballot measure that would affect prison credit and parole practices and also dramatically change whether youth end up in the adult system has been introduced. The Public Safety and Rehabilitation Act would:

  • Authorize adult parole consideration for people in prison with nonviolent offenses who complete the full sentence for their primary offense;
  • Allow prisoners to earn credits for good behavior, education, and rehabilitative achievement; and
  • 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.

Read the Act: The Public Safety and Rehabilitation Act of 2016 

There is LOTS to do to make this happen! Will you be a part of the team that works to pass this measure?

JOIN US! Click here to get occasional updates, learn more, and get  involved!


SB 261 Youth Offender Parole for people through age 22 is now law!

On January 1, 2016, SB 261 went into effect. Thank you to everyone who worked so hard to make this happen. People across the state are filled with gratitude, joy and hope at this news.

Thousands of young adults in California prisons now have a real chance at coming home. Senate Bill 261 recognizes that young people deserve a second chance. It builds on the capacity of young people to turn their lives around and not be defined by the worst thing they have ever done.

Here is some information about SB 261, and you can read the SB 261 law here.

For more information about Youth Offender Parole, please download the SB 260 Guide on the right side of this page. SOON we will have an updated guide for SB 260 and 261!

Read a piece by Newt Gingrich supporting SB 261.



Help Change California!

  • Be informed! Keep checking back here for updates and news. Sign up for updates right here (upper right, blue box.) We will soon be announcing important bills California is considering this year!
  • Be active! We are working on making sure the Youth Offender Parole process under SB 260 is going right. We will participate in the regulation-making process for SB 260, and invite you to help with this, too. Watch for alerts on ways you can be involved.
  • Be educated! Join us every first and third Tuesday of the month for a telephone call meeting for family members and friends of youth sentenced to adult prison terms. It’s an hour of sharing and learning, and everyone is welcome to attend! Just call in at 8pm to: (805) 399-1000, and use the code: 817682#
  • Be supported! Join CARES, a group of family and friends of youth. Learn more about CARES or go to www.caresforyouth.org
  • Be cool! Sign up for tweets and get occasional text messages on these important issues. You don’t need a “smart phone.” Just send a text message to the number 40404, and the text: follow fairsentencing It’s free, although your regular text charges will apply.