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.
Senate Bill (SB) 261 Effective January 1, 2016, SB 261 extends the unique youth offender parole process created in SB 260 (above) to inmates who committed crimes between the ages of 14-22, but were tried as adults. Thus, for an inmate to be eligible for an SB 261 youth parole hearing, he/she must be under the age of 23 when he/she committed the crime, given a “to life” or determinate sentence. Eligibility for SB 261 also depends on the crime(s) committed. There are over 10,000 California prisoners eligible for a parole hearing under this Bill.
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