Prop 57: Parole, Early Release and Juvenile Trial Reform

7.08.2016 | Initiatives

Ballot Title

Criminal Sentences. Juvenile Criminal Proceedings and Sentencing. Initiative Constitutional Amendment and Statute.


This measure increases the chance felons have for parole if they are convicted of non-violent crimes. Allows inmates more opportunities to earn credits for good behavior. It also establishes judges, and not prosecutors, as the deciding factor of whether or not to try juveniles as adults in court.

Arguments For

“With advancements in science around adolescent brain development, we know that you don’t fully develop until age 25.” – Molly O’Neal, Santa Clara County public defender

Arguments Against

“It says that if the person is convicted of a burglary of a home, and has prior convictions for rape and murder, he is eligible for parole as soon as he finishes his sentence. And that is insane.” – Kent Scheidegger, Legal Director of Criminal Justice Legal Foundation

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