With 40 years of experience helping restore men and women behind bars, Prison Fellowship advocates for federal and state criminal justice reforms that transform those responsible for crime, validate victims, and encourage communities to play a role in creating a safe, redemptive, and just society.
At the insistence of Attorney General Kamala Harris, California enacted two criminal justice reform in 2016. The first, SB 1143, sought to limit the practice of placing juveniles in solitary confinement or other forms of isolation. AB 1597, the second piece of successful legislation, will assist returning neighbors in being restored to a productive position in their community by incentivizing positive behavior. Additionally, the people of California overwhelmingly supported Proposition 57 which will end the state’s policy of allowing prosecutors to determine when minors should be charged in adult court and expand parole eligibility.
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Prison Fellowship's victories in the state include working with governmental leaders in 2014 to enact Assembly Bill 1276 so that youth may be restored to their communities and live fulfilling lives. That same year, Prison Fellowship contributed to the passage of Assembly Bill 1702, which reduced barriers to reintegration for people who have paid their debt, and Assembly Bill 2520, which promotes a more constructive prison culture and requires consultation with an individual’s primary mental health professional before a parole decision is made.
Following the Supreme Court ruling in Miller v. Alabama, Prison Fellowship supported the successful passage of Senate Bill 9 in 2012 to achieve more proportional punishment by allowing those who were already sentenced to life without parole as a minor to apply for parole and resentencing in the future. We expanded on that success in 2013 by supporting the passage of Senate Bill 260, which allows the board of parole to consider the circumstances of each case when making a parole decision, including the fact that a crime occurred before an individual's 18th birthday.
In 2008, Prison Fellowship supported the passage of Senate Bill 2099 to reduce the harmful collateral consequences individuals face after leaving the prison gates.
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