Fair Sentencing for Youth





Call your senator. It takes 30 seconds and is POWERFUL!!!

We just had a HUGE win in the California Assembly: SB 1052 was passed with a vote of 50 to 28. But now the bill’s fate is in the hands of the Senate. If SB 1052 is passed, a youth under age 18 would get to consult with an attorney before giving up his or her Miranda rights. It will be voted on soon, and your senator needs to hear from you.

Support California Senate Bill 1052. All it takes is a quick, easy call.

Call your senator and say you support the bill. It is as simple as:

  1. Find your senator here. Call his or her Sacramento office and say something like this:
  2. “Hello. Senator ________ represents me. I am calling to support SB 1052. I ask the senator to vote yes on Miranda rights for youth. Thank you.”

That’s it!

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!

Learn more about Prop 57!

Sign up to receive more information about Prop 57: The Public Safety and Rehabilitation Act here!

The Public Safety and Rehabilitation Act is an important step towards decreasing California’s prison population and changing a culture of incarceration. It would increase opportunities for rehabilitation for both children and adults. Governor Brown, Human Rights Watch, Californians for Safety and Justice, the Anti-Recidivism Coalition, the Children’s Defense Fund, and many more organizations and individuals are joining forces to support this initiative.  In short, it would 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.