New Sentences for Young Murderers
State Sen. Leland Yee, D-San Francisco, narrowly managed to win legislative approval for the bill this year after shelving it in 2011 because of lawmakers' lack of consensus. Republicans opposed the proposal.
Under SB 9, offenders could not petition a court until they had served at least 15 years in prison, and they could not be released until they had served at least 25 years.
The bill would not apply to crimes in which the offender had a history of violence, the victim was tortured, or the victim was a law enforcement officer or firefighter.
In weighing whether to resentence a juvenile murderer, a judge would ...