Voting Rights for People on Parole (2019)
In 2019, we are working with Assemblymember Kevin McCarty to restore voting rights to every person on parole in CA. This will require passing an Assembly Constitutional Amendment (ACA), as well as an Assembly Bill to put voting rights on the 2020 ballot. Stay tuned for updates as we develop our strategy, and you can help us restore voting rights by signing up to be a Free the Vote CA Volunteer:
SB 1437: Repeal Felony Murder Rule (PASSED!)
Check out this great re-sentencing guide created by Restore Justice.
SB 1437: introduced by Senator Skinner and Senator Anderson, is a follow up to SCR 48 and limits the felony murder rule. This bill says that a person is liable for murder only if “1) The person personally committed the homicidal act, 2) The person acted with premeditated intent to aid and abet an act wherein a death would occur, or 3) The person was a major participant in the underlying felony and acted with reckless indifference to human life.” This bill unfortunately does not apply to people with “special circumstances” because that would require a 2/3 majority vote.
SB 1437 passed on 8/30/18 in the CA Senate with a 27-10 vote. The bill will go into effect January 1st, 2019, and is retroactive! This bill was Initiate Justice’s first co-sponsored bill to pass, and we are extremely proud that we were able to fight to make this bill retroactive for our members unfairly affected by the felony murder rule.
AB 1940: Parole reintegration credits (Try Again 2019)
AB 1940 was introduced by Assemblymember McCarty and Senator Stone. It would have created a program where the length of a person’s term of parole may be reduced through the successful completion of certain education, training, or treatment programs, and by participating in volunteer service. The bill would have also increased the 50-mile travel restriction for a person on parole who successfully participates in the program. For more information about this bill, you can review this Fact Sheet.