YOUTH OFFENDER PAROLE SUPPORT & MENTORSHIP PROGRAM
In 2014, SB (Senate Bill) 260 created special youth offender parole hearings for individuals who were under the age of 18 at the time of their crimes under Penal Code sections 3051 and 3051.1 (“SB 260 Hearings”) In October 2015 Governor Brown signed into law SB 261, which expands SB 260 Hearings to include people who committed their offense when they were ages 18 through 22, and who have already served 15, 20 or 25 years.
These hearings take into consideration:
1) the facts that youth are less responsible than adults for their actions;
2) the features of youth (for example; youth are not as good as adults at understanding the risks and consequences of their actions, resisting impulse and peer pressure, or controlling their surroundings, etc.); and
3) any rehabilitation and increased maturity over time.
With your help, not only will our highly dedicated and motivated representatives assist in providing the most up to date information regarding options for release, but will continue to work towards reacclimatizing the individual to society. Many individuals when charged suffered from the "diminished culpability," as a youth, but will be released as an adult indoctrinated by prison life. Approximately 61% of individuals will return to prison within their first three years of release. We believe part of the solution to remedying this overwhelmingly disturbing figure is the availability of mentorship. Mentorship takes a step beyond job placement and counseling.
Additionally, mentorship allows an individual to develop more than a skillset we believe no one learns in a vacuum, and when an individual has the ability to absorb the wisdom of others, when the time is right, they will pay it forward.
“I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.”
Fallen Justice is a nonprofit public interest subsidiary of JD Consults that provides legal services to a juvenile offenders to improve their conditions of confinement.
Your donation directly help uphold the integrity of our criminal justice system now and for years to come.
If you or a family member have an issue that you believe we can assist with, please feel free to contact our office. Letters concerning individual prisoners and prison conditions can be addressed to: Fallen Justice | 864 Grand Ave #338, San Diego, CA 92109