Saturday, April 28, 2007

Child Life Without Parole

At our last non-virtual meeting we discussed California Senate Bill 999, legislation to reform criminal sentencing which can result in life without parole sentences for children. The author of the bill, Senator Leland Yee, explains the legislation in a press release here. The introduction of SB 999 is great news following on Amnesty International's recent report on this issue. The effort to pass the bill has its own website childrenwithoutparole.org where you can learn more and check out a list of organizations supporting this reform including Amnesty International. Then take action!
Write/email your state senator to let him/her know that rehabiliation should be the primary mission of our penal system and that children are the most receptive to our efforts in this regard! See links above for additional arguments and statistics to make your case.
Look up your state senator here or see the sidebar box for contacting your legislators and send them an email.
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