Jerry Brown OKs appeal for minors sentenced to life without parole
Patrick McGreevy (Los Angeles Times) | September 30, 2012
Juvenile killers sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole in California will be given a new chance at release after they serve 25 years under legislation signed Sunday by Gov. Jerry Brown.
The governor approved a measure by state Sen. Leland Yee (D-San Francisco), a child psychologist who argued that minors are immature and lack good judgment and should be given a second chance.
“The Governor’s signature of SB 9 is emotional for both the supporters and the opposition, but I am proud that today California said we believe all kids, even those we had given up on in the past, are deserving of a second chance,” Yee said Sunday.
There are about 300 people in California prisons who were sentenced to life behind bars without the possibility of parole for murders committed when they were minors.