• Petitioned Crime Victims Action Alliance

This petition was delivered to:

Crime Victims Action Alliance
The Honorable Jerry Brown
Senator Joel Anderson


    1. Petition by

      Crime Victims Action Alliance

Senate Bill 9 is a special interest bill that would allow convicted first-degree murders who have been sentenced to life in prison without parole the opportunity to have their lawfully imposed sentence reduced based solely on their youth.

Under current law, a case involving a juvenile who commits a premeditated first degree murder goes through several levels of internal and judicial review before a life without the possibility of parole sentence can be imposed. Even after a life without the possibility of parole sentence is lawfully imposed, the defendant has the right to appeal their case and to file a writ of habeas corpus petition, which allows for review of the case. In addition, the Governor has the power to grant clemency and pardons.

A life without the possibility of parole sentence is reserved for individuals who have committed the most egregious crimes and show little if no prospect for rehabilitation. Life without the possibility of parole for juveniles was enacted by a vote of the people of the State of California.

SB 9 is an attempt by the legislature to impose its judgment on the people of the State of California even though we have democratically stated the will of the People on this issue.

SB 9 is both expensive and un-necessary. There are currently processes in place that allow convicted felons to ask for review of their case/sentence.

SB 9 does is creates defacto lifer hearings for juveniles who were sentence to life without the possibility of parole.

SB 9 would cause unnecessary pain, emotional and psychological harm to the families of murdered love ones by extending the judicial process and forcing them to relive the crime over and over.

California’s criminal justice system already allows for appeals and filing writs of habeas corpus. SB9 is un-necessary – it duplicates safeguards already in place and will cost the state of California millions of dollars.


Recent signatures


    1. Reached 200 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Jacob Salomonson SANGER, CA
      • about 2 years ago

      Because my 24 year old brother was murdered by a 16 year old

    • Gilbert Correia FRESNO, CA
      • about 2 years ago

      We have friends that have a son that was killed by a teen for a pizza and a cell phone. It was senseless and I have been to court with them, the killer shows no remourse for his actions. He should spend his life in prison.

    • Kim Behrens SPRINGVILLE, CA
      • about 2 years ago

      Close friend of family son killed in "cold blood" by a 16 year old. Targeted for no rational reason. Murderer did not know his victim, senseless. I am concerned the passage of this bill will make the decision to commit violent crimes by teens easier.

    • Kristine Salomonson SANGER, CA
      • about 2 years ago

      My son, Christopher Salomonson -age 24, was murdered by a 16 year old on October 31, 2011 in Sacramento, Ca.

    • Catherine Joaquin CHULA VISTA, CA
      • about 2 years ago

      Very inhuman keeping kids locked up 22 hours a day, Also very young and Imature when they commited their crime, Every one deserves a seconded chance.


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