Fair Sentencing for Youth

 

   

ACT!

Some politicians in Sacramento want to repeal rights for youth.

It means taking away hope.

Help stop them.

 

If passed, AB 665 would allow Life without Parole sentences for youth under age 18! Please send a letter opposing it.

In 2018, SB 394 (Lara, Mitchell) became law, and youth sentenced to die in prison were given the chance to earn release. That new law sent a clear message: Every person deserves hope and opportunity, and no young person’s life should be thrown away. Its enactment also brought California into compliance with constitutional mandates.

But now, those who are in favor of juvenile life without parole (JLWOP) sentences are working to repeal SB 394 and ensure that youth under 18 years old can be sentenced to life in prison with no chance of ever getting out. Assembly Bill 665 (Gallagher, Nielsen) is out of step with science, jurisprudence, and California’s commitment to rehabilitation.

Please help defeat AB 665: Life in prison without parole for youth is wrong.

Use this easy sign-and-send letter! Or, write your own! We don’t know when the bill’s first hearing will be, but it could come up quickly, so we are asking organizations to get their letters in as soon as possible. Please let us know here if you’d like to get a notice of the hearing and possibly come to help oppose AB 665.

 

If passed, AB 1641 would pare back Youth Offender Parole! Please send a letter opposing it.

California’s Youth Offender Parole process has created hope and a real chance to go home for thousands of young people sentenced to California state prisons. But now this law faces an attempt to roll back its effectiveness and weaken its message of hope and redemption. If passed, AB 1641 (Kiley) would exclude from Youth Offender Parole people age 18 through 25 who were convicted of murder.

AB 1641 disregards the human capacity for growth, and the differences between youth and adults.

Please help defeat AB 1641.

Use this easy sign-and-send letter! Or, write your own! We don’t know when the bill’s first hearing will be, but it could come up quickly, so we are asking organizations to get their letters in as soon as possible. Please let us know here if you’d like to get a notice of the hearing and possibly come to help oppose AB 1641.

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  • Be active! Watch for alerts on ways you can be involved. California has a chance to make its justice system fair. 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.
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