SACRAMENTO, Calif.—California lawmakers have sent Gov. Jerry Brown a bill that could give a chance at freedom to criminals who were sentenced as juveniles to life in prison.

The inmates could ask judges to reconsider their sentences after they serve at least 15 years in prison. Judges could reduce the no-parole sentence to 25 years-to-life if the inmate shows remorse and is taking steps toward rehabilitation.

Sen. Leland Yee, a Democrat from San Francisco, says his SB9 recognizes that young people do foolish things but change as they age. Sen. Joel Anderson, a Republican from La Mesa, calls the bill "absolutely outrageous."

Currently, 309 offenders are serving life-without-parole sentences for crimes committed when they were younger than 18.

The bill passed the Senate, 21-16, Monday.