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OPPOSE AB 665: would legalize sentencing juveniles to life without parole

Oppose AB 665: This would deny youth offenders a parole hearing

by Youth ALIVE! | 4.25.19

Oppose AB 665: If enacted, AB 665 would repeal a law enacted just over a year ago, SB 394, and take away from youth sentenced to life without parole the opportunity to eventually, after 25 years, appear before the parole board.

California would revert to being in violation of the US Constitution and Supreme Court’s ruling in Montgomery v. Louisiana, creating long and costly litigation in each case.[i] Assembly Bill 665 is out of step with science, jurisprudence, and California’s solid commitment to rehabilitation and second chances for youth. We strongly oppose this bill. 

Assembly Bill 665 would return California to the same, untenable unconstitutional status prior to remedy created by SB 394, and fails to offer any alternative to the protracted litigation that will certainly follow. Assembly Bill 665 would also be a return to old perspectives that were based not on science, but fear. California has long left behind the idea that a young person cannot change direction in life. It is no longer acceptable to throw away the life of 16- or 17-year-olds who have committed a serious crime. Instead, our state provides opportunities for people who have committed serious crimes to show they have grown and matured and are not a danger. Youth ALIVE! opposes this bill on constitutional grounds and because we believe no person under the age of 18 should be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. We respectfully urge your no vote.

[i] Montgomery v. Louisiana, 136 S. Ct. 718 (2016).

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