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.