SACRAMENTO -- The Senate gave final legislative approval to a measure that would provide a new chance to get out of prison for inmates who committed serious crimes when they were minors and were prosecuted as adults.
The new parole hearing process allows eligible inmates to have their cases reviewed for possible early release as early as 15 years into their prison sentence.
There are more than 6,500 inmates in state prisons who were under the age of 18 when they committed their crimes but prosecuted as adults.
“This bill gives young people hope and incentive to reform, reflect and improve their lives,” said Sen. Loni Hancock (D-Berkeley), the author of SB 260.
The parole bill was one of dozens sent to Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday.
The governor will also consider a bill that allows the California Department of Transportation to sell some 460 residential units that were bought years ago for extension of the 710 freeway but are no longer needed because the project stalled.
“SB 416 gets Caltrans out of the landlord business and saves the state money,” said Sen. Carol Liu (D-La Canada Flintridge). The measure passed on a unanimous vote.
The Senate also sent to Brown a bill that creates a “Made in California” program to help market products manufactured in the state. Sen. Ellen M. Corbett (D-East Bay) authored SB 12.