Youthful Offender Reapplication Project

Youthful Offender Adjudication is an immensely important disposition for young people since a "YO" adjudication is not a conviction.  

Many deserving young people, however, were denied this opportunity in the past, either because judges refused to adjudicate them YO or did not even consider the issue.  Now, thanks to 2022 legislation, eligible individuals have the chance to reapply for YO with respect to a past conviction.  In a massive team effort, CAL staff gathered the data necessary to identify the many former clients who might benefit from the legislation.  Working closely with our clients to develop their powerful life stories, attorneys craft YO reapplication motions in the hope of freeing clients from the lifelong burden of a criminal conviction.   

Other Special Projects