December 28, 2023 In Post Conviction

Youth Offender Parole Hearings Under SB 394: A Guide by The Mines Law Firm

SB 394: A Path to Second Chances for Youth Offenders in California

Enacted to align with evolving legal standards on juvenile justice, California’s SB 394 opens up new opportunities for parole for individuals convicted as juveniles. This law reflects a growing recognition of the unique capacity for change and rehabilitation among young offenders.


Understanding SB 394: Youth Offender Parole Hearings

  1. Eligibility: SB 394 applies to individuals who were under 18 at the time of their crime and were subsequently tried as adults and sentenced to life without the possibility of parole.
  2. Parole Hearing Opportunity: Eligible individuals are granted the opportunity for a parole hearing, considering their age at the time of the offense and their development since the conviction.
  3. Factors Considered: The parole board evaluates various factors, including the offender’s maturity, growth, rehabilitative achievements, and potential for successful reintegration into society.


Examples of Eligible Cases Under SB 394

  • A Juvenile Sentenced to Life Without Parole: An individual sentenced to life without parole for a crime committed at 17 years old could now have a chance for a parole hearing under SB 394.
  • Demonstrated Rehabilitation: Consideration is given to those who have shown significant personal growth, engaged in educational or vocational programs, and have a strong support system in place for their release.


The Mines Law Firm’s Approach to SB 394 Cases

  • Case Assessment: Our team carefully evaluates each case to determine eligibility and the best strategy for approaching the parole hearing.
  • Preparation for the Hearing: We assist in preparing the necessary documentation, evidence of rehabilitation, and compelling arguments to present before the parole board.
  • Representation and Advocacy: Our attorneys provide dedicated representation at the parole hearing, advocating for the offender’s release based on their demonstrated maturity and readiness to re-enter society.


Contact Us for Expert Guidance

If you or a loved one is eligible for a parole hearing under SB 394, The Mines Law Firm is ready to assist. Contact us at 888-700-0093 for expert legal guidance and representation.




Disclaimer: This blog is for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice. For specific legal guidance on your case, please contact The Mines Law Firm for representation.