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Landmark Juvenile Justice Reform Challenged by California DAs

Thursday 31st of January 2019 | Central America and Caribbean, United States
Chronicle of Social Change
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Several California district attorneys have launched an effort to roll back a landmark juvenile justice reform in California, a fight that both sides expect will ultimately be decided by the Supreme Court of California.

Last year, Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signed into law Senate Bill 1391, which prohibits counties from trying anyone younger than 16 in adult court. Though the law went into effect in early January, several county DAs – including Santa Clara’s Jeff Rosen, Casey Newton in Sacramento County, and Jon Appleby in Stanislaus County –  are questioning the law’s constitutionality in an attempt to get it overturned.

“If we’re going to ask for 14- or 15-year-olds to be tried as an adult, it’s a horrendous crime. And it’s someone we think is a psychopath,” Rosen told The Chronicle of Social Change. “I just don’t think it’s right that this kid gets out at 25, whether or not he’s rehabilitated.”

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