The Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth is excited to invite you to a special happy hour on September 19th. This gathering will provide an opportunity for those who are interested in juvenile justice or want to learn more to meet with advocates and directly impacted persons.
On August 29, the California Assembly passed two landmark bills that impact youth convicted of serious crimes, including homicides, and sent the unmistakable message that children are different from adults. If signed by Governor Brown, SB 1391 will ensure that 14 and 15-year old children are kept in the juvenile justice system where they should receive treatment and services, instead of being subjected to excessive punishments in the adult criminal justice system, like life in prison. SB 1437, if signed, will reform the felony-murder rule in California which will limit the use of excessive sentences on children who were not the primary perpetrators of a homicide during the course of an underlying felony offense.
Several CFSY board members worked diligently to make this reform happen. Re:store Justice, a group led by CFSY Board Member Alex Mallick was a crucial member of the coalition that advocated for this legislation. The coalition also included many of our California partners including Human Rights Watch, Youth Justice Coalition, and the Anti-Recidivism Coalition. Alex will be in attendance on September 19th to talk about the fight to get to passage and what it means for California. Additional members of the CFSY team will be on hand to discuss their work to end extreme sentencing for children, and the broader state of youth justice in the U.S. Join them and others in the CANOPY and San Francisco communities for this unique event.
Wine and light food provided.
CANOPY Jackson Square 595 Pacific Ave. 4th Floor San Francisco 94133
Friends and colleagues welcome – please RSVP here for all attendees and guests