22 Oct Proposition 57: Parole, Sentencing and Court Procedures Juvenile Criminal Proceedings and Sentencing (YES)
Explanation: Proposition 57 supports increasing parole and good behavior opportunities for felons convicted of nonviolent crimes and allows judges, not prosecutors, to decide whether to try certain juveniles as adults in court.
BWW Analysis: Unfortunately, children as young as 14 are being charged as adults up and down the state. Although this bill does not stop that practice, it’s a step in the right direction. Prop 57 gives the power to judges instead of prosecutors to determine if a minor should be charged as an adult. In addition, for some non-violent crimes, adults would be eligible for parole sooner, and have more opportunities for time off for good behavior and/or earning job and education credits. In addition, folks who got caught up in “gang injunctions” will be able to seek early parole.