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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Calif. bill would give some youth offenders second chance

APCriminals who are serving what amounts to a life sentence for offenses they committed as teenagers could get an opportunity for parole under a bill passed by the state Assembly.

The measure by Democratic Sen. Loni Hancock of Berkeley would create a parole review process for cases where the offender was younger than 18 at the time of the offense and was prosecuted as an adult.

SB 260 would require those inmates to serve a lengthy minimum sentence before they would be allowed to prove they have been rehabilitated.

The bill cleared the Assembly 51-21 Friday and heads back to the Senate for a final vote.

Republican Assemblywoman Shannon Grove of Bakersfield voted "no," saying the bill does not do enough to consider victims' experiences.

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