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Comprehensive Reform In Congress

“I love the fact that your organization is called Human Rights for Kids because as you so appropriately describe this is a human rights issue and frankly it is a stain on our country what we do to children.”

-Congresswoman Karen Bass

H.R. 2834
(Protecting Miranda Rights for Kids Act)
By Congressman Cárdenas

Requires parents to be notified when a child is arrested and requires that the child consult with legal counsel before they can waive their Constitutional Rights and be subject to custodial interrogation.

H.R. 2908
(Childhood Offenders Rehabilitation & Safety Act of 2021)
By Congresswoman Bass (D-CA)

Establishes a minimum age of 12 for criminal culpability for children; increases the minimum age for a child to be tried as an adult from 13 to 16; eliminates the felony murder rule for children; prohibits the placement of children in adult jails or prisons; requires data collection on youth who come into the federal criminal justice system; and establishes a grant block program for treatment and services for children under 12 and child victims of commercial sexual exploitation.

H.R. 2858
(Sara’s Law & the Unfair Sentencing of Minors Act of 2021)
By Congressman Westerman (R-AR)

Would retroactively end life and de facto life without parole by giving individuals convicted of crimes as children the ability to petition a judge for sentencing review and modification after serving 20 years; give judges the ability to depart from mandatory minimums when sentencing children (up to 35% away from the minimum); and protect child sex crime victims from harsh sentencing when they commit acts of violence against their abusers.

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About These Bills

Human Rights for Kids is partnering with the Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth, National Juvenile Justice Network, Human Rights Watch, Coalition for Juvenile Justice, Anti-Recidivism Coalition, First Focus Campaign for Children, Rights4Girls, and the National Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Prevention Coalition to support these important pieces of legislation. Watch our joint press conference to learn more about the importance of these federal bills.

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