Youth Sentenced As Adults
What to do if someone you love was a youth sentenced as an adult?
Since 2012, decisions by both the United States and California Supreme Courts have impacted youth who had previously been prosecuted as adults and sentenced to life without parole. In addition, the California Legislature has enacted several laws affording earlier parole hearings for certain youth who had previously been convicted in adult court. These changes might give your loved one the possibility of obtaining an earlier parole date.
Because every individual case is different, the type of relief that might be appropriate for each will vary. A good resource to obtain information on these types of cases is Fair Sentencing for Youth: http://fairsentencingforyouth.org
The Fair Sentencing for Youth website provides helpful information on recent laws and can be an excellent resource for those trying to assist their loved ones.