SB 1008 proposes a more humane youth justice system that focuses on accountability for youth and safety for our communities. SB 1008 is scheduled for work session in the House Judiciary Committee on Monday, 5/20/19.
The important reads expanding on the following excerpts can be found here.
When youth serve time at adult facilities, public safety decreases.
Young people who serve Measure 11 sentences only at DOC OR who start their sentence at OYA and finish at DOC are twice as likely to recidivate, compared to those who serve Measure 11 sentences only at OYA.
Woop Woop - APRIL is National Second Chance Month!! The result of a bipartisan national movement to unlock brighter futures for the millions of Americans who have repaid their debt to society. The following article is a good jumping off point to better understand why addressing the struggles of former offenders is a matter of redemption, human dignity, and smart social and economic policy.
The New Yorker follows a group of prisoners who have used their time in prison to educate themselves and eventually get admitted to the University of California, Berkeley. The piece does an excellent job of providing readers a glimpse of the difficulties that these individuals faced both inside and outside of prison, and shows the ways that they can teach other students as well.
The New York Times is publishing a series that examines the use of diversion programs, which are designed to allow people to avoid the harsh consequences of the criminal justice system for first-time and minor offenses. However, since these programs are run by local prosecutors, there is unequal treatment. Often, this leads to a substantially different treatment of poorer people.
The Pew Research Center published a report that chronicles President Obama's grants of clemency during his time in office. Obama has granted more requests than any other President since Lyndon B. Johnson; however, the percentage of petitions granted ranks among the lowest of the past hundred years, ahead of only his predecessor, George W. Bush.
Vox takes a look at President Obama's use of the pardon power to push back against years of policies that promoted mass incarceration, and also examines the prospects of the thousands of prisoners still waiting to hear about their petitions.
Vox published an essay that looks at how the incarceration of a family member has lasting effects on everyone else. It's a moving and emotional account that looks beyond just the simple physical absence of a parent from a child's life.