Fair Sentencing for Youth




MIRANDA RIGHTS FOR YOUTH! Watch for a new bill in January 2017

Protecting the Rights of Children and Youth

In late September 2016, Governor Brown vetoed SB 1052, a bill about Miranda rights for youth that both the Senate and the Assembly had passed, and many of you had worked hard to promote. It means that the bill was not passed into law, and instead, died.

This issue is too important to not return to policy-makers and make sure a law does get passed.

Watch this site to learn more! In January 2017, a new bill will be introduced. 

Want more info? Click here for a fact sheet on SB 1052. In California, children—no matter how young—can waive their rights. This bill would require youth be given the chance to consult with legal counsel before they waive their constitutional rights in a situation of custodial interrogation by the police. The bill also provides guidance for courts in determining whether a youth’s Miranda waiver was made in a voluntary, knowing, and intelligent manner as required under existing law. Be a part of passing SB 1052!

WATCH a moving short video showing how police interrogated a 13-year-old. 

READ a great artcile about SB 1052 and the 10-year-old boy who was an inspiration for the bill. 

You passed Prop 57!

Watch this website for important updates on how Proposition 57 will be implemented.

The Public Safety and Rehabilitation Act is an important step towards decreasing California’s prison population and changing a culture of incarceration. It will increase opportunities for rehabilitation for both children and adults. Many more organizations and individuals joined forces to support this initiative.  In short, it will do the following:

  • Put in the hands of judges, not prosecutors, the decision of whether children as young as 14 are sent to the adult criminal justice system.
  • Require judges to weigh all circumstances of a youth’s life before denying them the rehabilitation programs of the juvenile justice system and charging them as an adult.
  • Authorize parole consideration for people with nonviolent convictions who complete the full sentence of their offense.
  • Incentivize completion of rehabilitation, treatment, and education programs by people in prison.

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

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 (SB 260 and 261) process is going right. We are participating in the regulation-making process for Youth Offender Parole, and invite you to help with this, too. Watch for alerts on ways you can be involved. California has a chance to dramatically change its justice system.  JOIN US! Click here to get occasional updates, learn more, and get 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.