Fair Sentencing for Youth




Let’s stop trying youth under 16 as adults in California.

Pass SB 1391.

Send a letter.

Use this sample letter to write your own or print and sign one of these simple letters to just sign and send. Show your support to your Assembly Member! Find who represents you here

Learn about the campaign.

Read about the about the bill.

Then, learn how California started trying 14- and 15-year-olds as adults in 1995, and the disturbing racial disparity in the transfer of youth to the adult criminal system.

Watch a short video of an impressive young man, who nearly ended up in the adult system at 14 years old.

Daniel is set to graduate this year from UC Davis with a degree in sociology. But when he was 14 years old, he would have never guessed that would be his future. Instead, he was facing being tried as an adult and a sentence of 35-years-to-life in prison. Fortunately, Daniel got a chance to stay in the juvenile system. His story shows what young people do when they get the chance to succeed.


Get involved!






  • Share a picture of yourself at 14 or 15 years old, and use these suggested posts for Facebook or twitter:

That’s me at 14! I was too young to drive, vote, or go to an R-rated movie. But in California I was old enough to be tried in adult court. #LifeAt14 shouldn’t mean life in adult prison. Help change the law. Instructions: http://fairsentencingforyouth.org/take-action/ #PassSB1391

My #LifeAt15. There’s a reason laws didn’t allow me to buy cigarettes or beer when I was 15! But it’s crazy that the law allows kids under 16 to be sent to adult court and face prison sentences. Help us change CA law. #PassSB1391 http://fairsentencingforyouth.org/take-action/

This is me! #LifeAt14. For every 1 white youth facing adult prosecution nearly 12 Black youth and 5 Latino youth face adult court where they can get long prison sentences.  Let’s stop criminalizing kids under age 16. Our youth deserve #carenotcages. #PassSB1391

  • 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! Watch for alerts on ways you can be involved. California has a chance to correct its justice system.  JOIN US! Click here to get occasional updates, learn more, and get involved!
  • Be educated! Join us most first and third Tuesdays 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: Call: (515) 604-9384 Code: 313882#
  • Be supported! Join CARES, a group of family and friends of youth. Learn more about CARES or visit the CARES Facebook page by clicking here.
  • Be in dialogue! Learn more about Healing Dialogue and Action here.
  • 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.
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