California Chooses…

Our Fair Sentencing for Youth campaign asks the State of California to protect the human rights of all youth by revising the state’s justice system to focus on rehabilitation and provide more opportunities for youth offenders to have a second chance. Did you know:
  • The U.S. has the highest rate of juvenile incarceration in the industrialized world, and the vast majority (3 in 4) of the country’s incarcerated youth are held for non-violent offenses.
  • California spends $10 billion annually on state prisons, and local counties spend billions more on jails, juvenile halls and Probation camps.
  • Over 6,500 people currently in California prisons were under the age of 18 and as young as 14-years-old at the time of their crime.
  • California built 22 prisons since 1980, but only 1 UC and 3 California State Universities. We went from #1 nationally in education spending to #1 in prison spending. We are #47 in K-12 spending and #51 in funding for higher education. California now has 34 state prisons and only 32 public universities.

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