What Is SB 300
Senate Bill 300 (SB 300) is a proposed law that would reduce the sentence for certain inmates convicted of murder. Specifically, it would allow inmates who are not the actual killer to be considered for parole release.
The law would attempt to close a large loophole in a different law called SB 1437. Senate Bill 1437 (SB 1437) allowed the dismissal of murder convictions for inmates who have been convicted under the “felony murder” law (see these articles to read about Spolin Law clients released under this new law and other new laws). Nonetheless, SB 1437 had not allowed for any relief to a person who had acted “with reckless indifference to human life.” Therefore, a person who acted “recklessly” could still have received a life — without — parole sentence.
SB 300 now would allow these individuals who acted “recklessly” to be considered for parole release.
Does SB 300 Apply to Prison Inmates?
Yes. If SB 300 passes in its current form, it will apply to California prison inmates. Because the law would apply to old cases, it is considered “retroactive.” The law specifically allows for a court procedure where the inmate could be resentenced and be given a lower sentence. Some inmates who have already served significant time they could be considered for parole immediately.
When Will SB 300 Become a Law?
SB 300 is currently in the California State Senate. For it to become law it would first need to pass by majority vote in the California Senate. Then it will need to pass by a majority vote in the California State Assembly. After that, the California Governor would need to sign the bill into law. If this happens, the bill will become a permanent law.
Laws Similar to SB 300
SB 300 is not the only proposal that would affect California inmates. In fact, there are other bills that have already become law and can help to reduce an inmate’s sentence.
Other laws that affect CA inmates include:
Call an attorney at Spolin Law P.C. to learn which new (or old) laws might apply to your case.