Youth and Emergent Adult Resentencing Project

Haunted by the reality that young adults whom CAL represented years and sometimes decades earlier are still serving the crushing sentences imposed by the trial court and unremediated on appeal, CAL developed the YEARS project.  

Attorneys and mitigation experts work together to uncover mitigation and craft resentencing motions that tell the stories of our clients' lives that the sentencing courts rarely, if ever, heard.  This information humanizes our client and contextualizes the offenses they were accused of committing.  Eighth Amendment and other constitutional challenges are also developed.   Working with clients in the hope of winning their return to their families and communities and the chance they deserve to rebuild their lives is immensely rewarding and critical to CAL's mission.  

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