Youth Offenders Time Served

Youth Offenders Time Served

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Tracie Chavez started this petition to Governor Gavin Newsom

Many violent and non-violent youth offenders have been tried as adults and given punishments of life sentences or sentences that will cause them to spend the remainder of their lives behind bars. Scientists have proven that the brain is not fully developed at these ages, yet these offenders were given these cruel and unusual sentences. Many of these offenders who have served 13+ years of their sentences have now matured and realize the severity of their crimes and how there were other choices that could have been made at that time. With Covid-19 invading prisons, the reality of these youth offenders never having a normal life, bearing children, or enjoying the everyday ways of life, have become even more concrete. With considering these offenders behavior, current maturity, and time served, release should be considered. Simple write ups such as alcohol or cell phone possession should not be held against them, since these are enjoyments that we on the outside consider normal, and should not be held against them to seek out  normality. Releasing these youth offenders would not only lessen the prison population, but will also give them the opportunity of a second chance at life.

 

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