Remember what it was like to be a teenager?
Following are a couple bullet points applicable to juveniles who are in custody and interacting with criminal law authorities seeking to ask them crime-related questions. Reportedly, these things are true, as passed along in a recent Bloomberg article:
Here's the succinct bottom-line outcome relevant to a recently issued California Supreme Court ruling: A 50-year prison term for a minor is a no-go.
Some voices within the criminal justice system in California and nationally still stridently demand harsh penal outcomes as go-to punishments for juvenile offenders.
One of the most frightening things that can happen to an individual is to be falsely accused of criminal conduct.
Gov. Jerry Brown recently rolled back some of California's harsh sentencing laws, making some prosecutors and other law enforcement officials unhappy. The package of bills Brown signed will cut jail and prison sentences for juveniles and adults.
There's a truth disruption at work regarding the reality of juvenile crime in California and its link with the state's progressively increasing immigrant and minority population, and it's emanating from a singular source that should be far more cautious and accurate in its appraisals.
Here's a clear incongruity: Reportedly, the nation's prison population continues its upward swell even as coalescing public opinion embraces the need for material sentencing reforms.
At The Law Office of John W. Noonan in Alameda County, we believe in the concept of redemption.