California proposals aim to help young offenders

May 26, 2014 1:42 PM

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Juvenile offenders would have an easier time putting their pasts behind them under bills working their way through the Legislature.

Supporters say the measures would help young offenders eventually become productive members of society.

SB1198 would require the state Justice Department to collect data on juveniles who are charged and imprisoned as adults.

Meanwhile, SB1296 would prohibit judges from jailing youths who violate a court order that they attend school.

Two other bills aim to protect young offenders from their own criminal histories.

Juvenile records would automatically be sealed from public view after the offender has completed probation under SB1038.

AB1756 would eliminate the fee for sealing the juvenile files of anyone under age 26.

Opponents say the legislation could cover up violent histories.

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