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Human Rights for Prisoners March, Shannon Smith's Dream on MLK Day: SB260

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JUVENILE JUSTICE -- January 19, 2015 is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. He said, "All we say to America is, 'Be true to what you said on paper.'" Join us at 9pm PST at (818) 572-2947  to discuss that, or listen via computer. The show will also be archived at Blogtalkradio for access 24/7. Many officials talk about prison reform and sentencing reform, and some introduce and pass new laws. But are these new laws actually going into EFFECT? "Not all the time," answered my guest for tonight, Laura Griffin-Smith. Her husband was arrested at age 15 and has been incarcerated for 19 years. Shannon Smith had hoped for release under SB-260, California's new law, but that did not happen.

Smith completed numerous courses during his 19 years in prison. He is rehabilitated. His had employment waiting and a dear wife he has never known as a free man. Actually, he has never been a free man - He reached manhood behind bars. Shannon published a book called "Voiceless." Order a copy at
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SB 260 went into effect in CA on January 1, 2014. Ideally, the new law gives a second chance to most people who were under 18 at the time of their crime and were tried and sentenced as adults. SB 260 holds young people responsible for the crimes they committed, but it recognizes that youths are different from adults and gives them a chance to demonstrate remorse and rehabilitation. SB 260 establishes a different parole criteria for people who did crimes as juveniles. Shannon seemed a likely candidate and allowed himself to dream, but his dreams were deferred.