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Juvenile parolee bill sits on Governor’s desk


New legislation has reached the Governor’s desk that would change the way juveniles are sentenced. Senate Bill SB9, introduced by State Senator Leland Yee of San Francisco introduced the legislation ,which would allow people who are serving life without parole for crimes they committed when they were juveniles, to ask for sentences of 25 years to life instead.

This is Yee’s second attempt at passing SB9- it failed by just five votes last year. Now that it’s on the Governor’s desk, the question is – what will become of it this time around? KALW’s Hana Baba spoke with criminal justice reporter Nancy Mullane, who has reported extensively on the parole system.

Nancy Mullane is the author of “Life After Murder: Five Men in Search of Redemption.” A photo exhibit featuring the book and its subjects is now showing on Alcatraz Island, in the Main Cell House Dining Hall.

What do you think about juvenile sentencing? Should they be sentenced to life without parole? Leave a message on our feedback line at 415-264-7106. 

Hana Baba is host of Crosscurrents, KALW's weeknight newsmagazine that broadcasts on KALW Public Radio in the San Francisco Bay Area.