Up on the line for the California legislature to consider is a bill that would open the possibility for juveniles under 17 serving a sentence of life without parole the opportunity to petition the court for a sentencing rehearing. It is not a promise of release, like opponents of the bill are saying, but it is a chance. And it is a step in the right direction. Submission post by Charisse Domingo
Law could lighten the sentences of California juvenile offenders serving life without parole
by Karen de Sa
San Jose Mercury News
California’s practice of locking teenage offenders in prison for life without the possibility of parole would be upended under legislation just a few votes shy of reaching the governor’s desk — a change that would move the state closer to justice in conservative Texas and every other country in the world.
The bill by state Sen. Leland Yee, D-San Francisco, would create a legal pathway but no certainty of release for juvenile offenders who currently have no option but to die behind bars.