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In the news:

"Jerry Brown wants to make it easier for non-violent offenders to get parole"

The initiative language would also undo provisions of Proposition 21, the measure approved by voters in 2000 that allows prosecutors rather than judges to decide when teenagers are tried as adults. Brown will need valid signatures from 585,407 registered voters to qualify the measure for the November ballot.

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State’s Prosecutors Oppose Gov. Brown’s Proposal on Sentencing Reform

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East Bay Express Features Prisoners serving Life with the Possibility of Parole

Trapped Part One: Cruel and Indefinite Punishment 

California wastes tens of millions of dollars a year keeping people in prison long after they've been rehabilitated — denying parole for arbitrary reasons and destroying lives in the process.

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January 13, 2016 News & Opinion » Feature

Trapped Part Two: The Vicious Cycle of Trauma 

California prisons fail to help abuse victims and the mentally ill rehabilitate behind bars — and refuse to grant them parole so they can turn their lives around with loved ones on the outside.

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New laws and court decisions:

SB 261/260: Youthful Offender Parole For Crimes 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

Download factsheet here (1 page)

Senate Billl 260 (SB260)

Download guide here

Go to fairsentencingforyouth.org to sign up for thier regular updates

Need support?  Cares for Youth - Support for families - monthly call - go to thier website


Elderly Parole

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.

Download fact sheet here