It’s been a while since I last talked about California State Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco). The last time was in my published post “Murder is Never Juvenile”. That’s right bitches, I was in a book. I just can’t remember what it was called. But as usual, I digress…
In that last post from 2007, Sen. Yee was trying to introduce legislation that would limit the sentence a juvenile murderer could get to 25 years. It didn’t pass. Now Sen. Yee is at it again trying to introduce new California legislation that would require that teen murderers who are sentenced to life have their sentence reviewed every 15 years. So one of these teen killers could get possibly 4 chances of getting out of jail in California.
The reason Sen. Yee keeps pushing for this kind of legislation is that he is also a child psychologist who believes that teen minds aren’t fully developed and don’t understand the repercussions of their actions and he thinks they can be rehabilitated. My very unprofessional opinion says that Dr. Yee is full of crap. Any teen that doesn’t know that when you kill someone they die should be removed from society just on general principle.
Not to mention that I think Sen. Yee forgets that California led the way of charging juveniles as adults because of all the underage gang violence of the 1990s. Does he want the days back where juveniles were committing drive-bys en masse only to be held for a couple of years if at all?
I think that Sen. Yee is reintroducing legislation like this again because he happens to be running for the mayor of San Francisco. I don’t even think most people from San Francisco would be behind this legislation as I’m sure they’re still stinging in the Bay Area over the brutal murder of Pam Vitale by Scott Dyleski.
UPDATE 8/26/11: The bill did not pass. Score one for the good guys.