In 2014, SB (Senate Bill) 260 created special youth offender parole hearings for individuals who were under the age of 18 at the time of their crimes under Penal Code sections 3051 and 3051.1 (“SB 260 Hearings”) In October 2015 Governor Brown signed into law SB 261, which expands SB 260 Hearings to include people who committed their offense when they were ages 18 through 22, and who have already served 15, 20 or 25 years.
These hearings take into consideration:
1) the facts that youth are less responsible than adults for their actions;
2) the features of youth (for example; youth are not as good as adults at understanding the risks and consequences of their actions, resisting impulse and peer pressure, or controlling their surroundings, etc.); and
3) any rehabilitation and increased maturity over time.