New Laws: New Opportunities
New laws and court decisions that impact those serving life sentences:
SB 261/260: Youth Offender Parole For life crimines committed between Ages 18 and 22
Senate Bills 260 and 261 provide new opportunities for youth sentenced to long terms for crimes they committed when they were under age 23, recognizing that young people deserve a second chance and have a capacity to turn their lives around.
Youth Offender Parole
If you loved one is under 23, they may benefit from these laws. Fair Sentencing for Youth has created useful guides you can download.
Senate Bill 261 (SB261) -went into effect January 2016
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Senate Billl 260 (SB260)
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Go to fairsentencingforyouth.orgthier regular updates
Need support? Cares for Youth - Support for families - monthly call - go to thier website
On February 10, 2014, the three-judge court overseeing the California prison overcrowding class action case (Plata/Coleman v. Brown) issued an order that, among other things, requires the State to put in place a new parole process so that prisoners who are 60 years of age or older and have been incarcerated at least 25 years on their current sentence will be referred to the Board of Parole Hearings (BPH) to determine suitability for parole.
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Other Opportunities for those involved in the criminal justice system:
More information: myprop47.org
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