Young offenders can be tried as adults and sentenced to extremely long or even life sentences as young as 14. In 2013, California passed a law changing child sentencing practices for certain crimes.
Senate Bill (SB) 260
In many states, young offenders can be tried as adults for certain crimes and sentenced to extremely long or even life sentences for crimes committed as young as 14. In 2013, California passed a law changing these child sentencing practices. Under existing state law, courts have the authority to review a prisoner’s sentence and, where appropriate, reduce that sentence. Senate Bill 260 requires that young offenders who were tried as adults be given meaningful opportunities for parole by mandating re-sentencing hearings after 15, 20, or 25 years of their sentence has been served depending on the crime in question. Like Proposition 36, SB 260 is retroactive which means that as many as 5000 of California’s prisoners may get a new lease on life under the law.
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