The bill to limit use of room confinement in juvenile facilities has been signed by California Governor Jerry Brown. Senate Bill 1143 states that room confinement can only be used after less restrictive options have been tried and bans its use for the purposes of punishment, coercion, convenience, or retaliation. The law will go into effect January 1, 2017.
Governor Brown also signed SB 1084 to authorize a prisoner who was under 18 years of age at the time of committing an offense for which the prisoner was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole to submit a petition for recall and resentencing after he or she has served at least 15 years of his or her sentence.
Both of these new laws continue California's move toward responsibility, rehabilitation and restoration in its criminal justice system.