Over the past few years, ARC members have shared their experiences, in addition to their insights to policymakers and stakeholders helping build support for several important criminal justice reform measures. The following are accomplishments due to the determination and relentless efforts of our members and partner organizations.
Prop 57, approved with over 65% of the vote on November 8, has the potential to strengthen California’s justice system and increase public safety by expanding rehabilitation in prisons and improving the process by which youth can be tried as adults. Key provisions of the ballot measure include the following:
- Requires judges, rather than prosecutors, to decide whether minors as young as 14 years old should be tried as adults and sent to adult prison.
- Allows persons convicted of a non-violent felony and sentenced to state prison to be eligible for parole consideration after completing the full term of their primary offense.
- Grants the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) the authority to award credits earned for good behavior, and rehabilitative or educational achievements.
ASSEMBLY BILL 1276 - BLOOM (D) in 2014
Ensures that young people under the age of 22 at the time they enter prison are less likely be placed on the most dangerous prison yards and more likely to have access to rehabilitative programs and services.
SENATE BILL 260 - HANCOCK (D) in 2013
Allows people who were under the age of 18 at the time of their crime, tried as an adult and sentenced to an adult prison sentence to be eligible for Youth Offender Parole Board hearing.