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#cut50 Applauds the CA Legislature for Passing Four Bills that Protect Kids and Promote Rehabilitation in the Justice System
Calls on Governor Brown to sign legislation into law to provide pathways to opportunity for youth
SEPTEMBER 22, 2017, OAKLAND, CALIF. – #cut50 a national bipartisan organization, co-founded by CNN commentator Van Jones and Mill Valley Mayor Jessica Jackson, congratulates the California Legislature on passing four important bills, all co-sponsored by #cut50, that would continue the state’s leadership on criminal justice reform.
“The legislature’s message is powerful and hopeful—everyone, especially kids, deserve a second chance,” said Jessica Jackson, #cut50’s National Director and Co-Founder. “These policies, which garnered bipartisan support, advance both public safety and social justice. We urge Governor Brown to sign these bills into law and ensure California’s criminal justice system prioritizes rehabilitation, public safety, and second chances.”
#cut50 also launched a petition urging the Governor to sign all four bills into law.
AB 1308, Extending Youth Offender Parole: Grounded in an evidence-based understanding that individual brain development continues until a person is at least 25 years old and bolstered by data showing that those released under the existing Youth Offender Parole process are much less likely to re-offend, AB 1308 would extend Youth Offender Parole to include individuals 25 years old or younger at the time they committed a crime for which they received a lengthy sentence.
SB 312 Sealing of Juvenile Records: Would allow individuals to petition the court to seal records related to a criminal conviction that occurred prior to their 17th birthday.
SB 394 Abolishing Juvenile Life Without Parole: Would bring California into compliance with recent Supreme Court rulings that held sentences of life without the possibility of parole unconstitutional for individuals who were minors at the time of conviction.
SB 395 Miranda Rights for Kids: Would require individuals under the age of 18 to consult with legal counsel prior to waiving their constitutional rights, or Miranda rights.
The bills passed by the legislature recognize the immense capacity of young people to change and mature. Lengthy prison sentences for youthful offenders, including life without the possibility of parole, disregard their capacity for rehabilitation and the very real physical and psychological differences between younger people and mature adults.
This agenda is aligned with the #cut50’s mission to reduce the number of people who are incarcerated while enhancing public safety. #cut50 is proud to stand by the state as a leader in bipartisan criminal justice reform.
In addition to passing four co-sponsored bill this session, #cut50 was also the lead sponsor of Senate Concurrent Resolution 48, introduced by Nancy Skinner and passed by the California Senate. SCR 48 is the first step in long-term effort to reform California’s Felony Murder Rule.
Support #cut50’s effort by signing their petition to tell Governor Brown that he should sign these bills into law. To sign the petition, visit: cut50.org/justice_for_youth_package
#cut50 is a national bipartisan effort to reduce the number of people in our prisons and jails while making our communities safer. Learn more about #cut50’s work in California by visiting: cut50.org/california