Tuesday, April 28, 2015

SB261 YOUTH HEARING expansion Potential: SB260 / SB261 (18 to 23 at the time of the crime)

Sen. Loni Hancock (D-Petaluma), author of SB 260, (Youth Offender Parole Hearing) bill enacted last year, recently introduced the follow-up to that legislation, called Senate Bill 261 (SB261). The Bill has not passed as to the writing of this BLOG, it was last amended this month on April 7, 2015.

Requires the Board of Parole Hearings  (BPH) to conduct a YOUTH OFFENDER PAROLE HEARING (YOPH) for offenders sentence to State prison who committed specified crimes when they were under 23 years of age. DEADLINE: Requires the Board to complete all youth offender hearings for individuals who became entitled to have their parole suitability considered at a youth offender parole hearing on the effective date of this legislation. If passed --> parole hearings for those newly eligible for YOPH consideration, would be those who were between the ages of 18 and 23 at the time of the crime. The Deadline would be that a YOPH  be held prior to July 1, 2017.

Under the language of SB 261, the new YOPH bill, consideration of the ‘hallmarks of youth’ would be extended to those who were under 23 years of age at the time of their crime. If you want to retain an Attorney with YOPH experience please contact ATTORNEY DIANE LETARTE via her website or
email at Attorney Letarte's office.

Bill Status:
02/18/2015 INTRODUCED.
02/26/2015 To SENATE Committee on RULES.
03/24/2015 From SENATE Committee on RULES with author's amendments.
03/24/2015 In SENATE. Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Committee on RULES.
04/07/2015 Re-referred to SENATE Committee on PUBLIC SAFETY.

Senate Bill Text (click on link)
03/24/2015 - SB 261 (Amended)
02/18/2015 - SB 261 (Introduced)

To get an update please contact:  Sen. Loni Hancock
(Democrat) - State Senate  (click on  Sen. website)

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