Sponsor of SB 1437

After years in the making, we were finally able to push forward with the landmark felony murder reform bill, Senate Bill 1437. Authored by Senator Nancy Skinner of Berkeley and inspired by our co-founder, Adnan Khan, we conceived,  organized, researched and advocated for the bill to pass.

To learn more, watch this Opinion Documentary about our work on this bill by the New York Times here.

SB 1437 will reform the felony murder rule and amend accomplice liability in certain types of second-degree murder. This act retains felony murder liability for the person who kills during the course of certain felonies. It would only abolish felony murder liability for an accomplice: a person who did not personally commit the homicidal act or intend that a homicide occur. This act would also limit judicially-created doctrines for second-degree murder liability.

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Co-Sponsor of SB 1391

SB 1391 recognizes that 14 and 15 year olds are developmentally different from adults and should not be treated like adults in the criminal justice system. If they commit crimes, youth fare better and are less likely to commit crimes in the future if they are given age-appropriate services and education. This bill prohibits children age 14 and 15 from being tried as adults in criminal court and being sentenced to time in adult prison.

Senate Bill 1391

Co-Sponsor of AB 2845

AB 2845 aims to depoliticize and increase the transparency of the pardon and commutation process by establishing a pardon and commutations panel to investigate and make recommendations on these applications to the Governor’s office. The bill would establish a timeline for the panel to investigate and make recommendations on pardon and commutation requests to the Governor, including an expedited process for pardon requests with urgent issues, such as a pending deportation order. AB 2845 also makes needed improvements to the process for applying for a Certificate of Rehabilitation, which is a court order declaring that a person convicted of a crime is now rehabilitated. Finally, AB 2845 would allow individuals applying for a pardon to submit their application online.

Assembly Bill 2845

Co-Sponsor of AB 2533

Indigent Incarcerated Person Reform helped protect basic civil rights for people in prison by creating a statutory definition of an indigent incarcerated person. Under this measure, prisoners who have $25.00 or less in their “Inmate Trust Accounts” for at least 30 days can access resources for communicating with the courts, and can access medical, dental, and mental health care without being charged a copayment. In addition, the bill requires the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) to automatically furnish indigent incarcerated people with basic hygiene supplies.

Assembly Bill 2533