Support California Senate Bill 399
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California is close to being the first state to pass a bill that would provide review and the possibility of parole for sentences of life without the possibility of parole for juveniles. Senate Bill 399 passed in the State Senate and cleared the first hurdles in the Assembly. Still ahead, though, is the Assembly Appropriations Committee, a full vote in the Assembly, and the Governor’s pen. It’s a tough road ahead in the next few weeks.
You may think that letters don’t really make a difference, but in these matters they really do! This bill has gotten as far as it has due to a broad range of constituents who wrote letters, made phone calls, and met with their representatives.
As a supporter of The Sentencing Project, we know that you share our dedication to a sensible response to crime, one that allows for youth who commit crimes to demonstrate that they have matured beyond the poor judgment of their younger years and are eager to become contributing members of society. If this bill passes, California will review the cases of hundreds of youth currently serving life sentences with no chance for parole and allow for a revised sentence and eventual parole hearing for eligible offenders who are rehabilitated.
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