Speech to Text for Governor signs Oregon youth sentencing reform bill into law
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and crime victims. andryanna says: "although this law is not retroactive and does not impact any youtth that was sentenced or is currently in custody, joseph o'leary with the oregon youth authority says this law is still very historic when it comes to juvenille justice reform." under the current law, children who commit a serious offense are automatically charged as adults. this new law changes that. instead it all begins in juvenille court. joseph says: "what this bill does is recognize that kids are works in progress and are tremendously capable of growth and change. and that every kid should be given a second chance." o'leary says this helps make the juvenile system fairer and help make communities safer. joseph says: "many folks believe that how we intervene with them and help the m learn skills to regulate their own emotions and learn and grow and they get out of the system." a prosecutor can still ask a judge to decide on a case-by-case basis to waive a child to adult court. if that child is convicted of that serious crime, they'll be eligible for what's called a second look hearing halfway through their senctence anad argue for conditional release. joseph says: "it gives these youth something that is a motivating force for them to develop internal accountability and do well, go to school, go to treatment, seek restorative services for the victim or the community." this new law also gets rid of life without parole sentences for juveniles. they'll have a chance for parole after 15 years in prison. andryanna says: "although this bill was signed into law this morning, it does not go into effect until jan 1st 2020. in grants pass, andryanna sheppard, newswatch 12." a