There is good news for juveniles convicted of crimes that required a life without the possibility of parole sentences. New California legislation provides relief for individuals who were convicted of crimes that required a life without parole sentence if they were under the age of 18 at the time the crimes was committed. For example, previously someone who was convicted of murder for the benefit of a gang would receive a sentence of life without the possibility of parole even though the individual was as young as 14 years old. Now under AB1308 individuals in prison will get a chance at parole after 25 years of incarceration.
It may seem that 25 actual years is a long time to wait for the Parole Board to hold a hearing for a crime but in comparison to never getting out of prison for a crime committed when the person was very young, it is a huge improvement.