Yee’s S.B. 9 Juvenile Sentencing bill is set to a final floor vote this next week – August 29th to September 2. The bill is currently tied and legislators are not receiving correspondence from their constituencies. So we need help.
Write an email and call your state assembly member. Call the Capitol office and urge a strong Aye Vote on S.B. 9. If you can get 5 people to call and write, this bill will pass and a more intelligent and humane solution to our LWOP: Life Without Parole system will be in tact.
Most importantly two Assembly members Nora Campos and Luis Alejo abstained from voting on this bill Thursday. Call their offices and voice an Aye vote, and they have your support.Luis Alejo Capitol Office: State Capitol P.O. Box 942849 Sacramento, CA 94249-0028 Tel: (916) 319-2028 Fax: (916) 319-2128 Nora Campos: Capitol Office: State Capitol P.O. Box 942849 Sacramento, CA 94249-0023 Tel: (916) 319-2023 Fax: (916) 319-2123
CUT AND PASTE:
Monday, August 29, 2011
Assemblywoman Nora Campos
California State Assembly
Capitol Office: State Capitol
P.O. Box 942849
Sacramento, CA 94249-0023
Dear Assemblywoman Campos,
I am writing this letter to pledge support for an AYE Vote on SB 9, (Yee) which provides a stringent and sophisticated review to our current LWOP law for juvenile offenders. We understand this issue has been a challenging one, but commend and support you in taking an assertive leadership position on Assembly floor for this issue.
For the past three years Juvenile Sentencing (S.B. 399 and S.B. 9) is one of the highest priorities for Catholics in California. As high as 59% of juveniles sentenced to LWOP are first time offenders. In 70% of those cases, the codefendant was over eighteen at the time the crime was committed. These staggering statistics only bolster the fact that in a survey of West Coast residents, 81% of voting citizens do not believe youth should spend the rest of their lives behind bars.
As a Catholic in the Diocese of San Jose, I believe that our current juvenile justice system is flawed in that it does not give juvenile offenders incentive to live a life in prison with any element of dignity. We believe that this issue crosses the line in devaluing human life and fails miserably as a deterrent to violent crime. Although we are sympathetic to the loss and suffering of victims and their families, our justice system should never be based on revenge from a personal act of violence.
SB 9 gives youth sentenced to life a degree of dignity, motivation to reform, and protects California by ensuring the population in prison is guilty. This bill gives those sentenced to life with nothing more than a glimmer of hope and reason to live as opposed to decades of dehumanizing conditions for inmates within our correctional system.
With a close tie on August 25th’s floor vote, your support at this stage is crucial. I look to and rely on you as a state-wide leader; I appreciate all that you have done to combat cyber-bullying and protect our children. With your leadership to move this bill forward, you will be contributing to a sensible and more effective correctional measure for LWOP inmates and standing up for a penal system that protects human dignity as opposed to allowing it to erode for political gain.
San Jose, California