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.
In November 2016, Proposition 57 was voted into law in California. This places a strong emphasis on rehabilitation over incarceration. Not only will it likely have significant impact on the juvenile crimes system in the state, but could directly affect two young men who were charged with murder and attempted murder (the one charged with the latter has since been convicted).
Surely, some parents in California received phone calls from law enforcement officers this holiday season that changed their lives in an instant. Any parent who has had a child charged with a crime can likely relate to the emotions such phone calls may trigger. Learning that one's son or daughter is in trouble with the law can bring on feelings of worry, anger and even fear.