!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!I’m not crying, you’re crying. In re Woods (Apr. 2, 2021, B301891)
(appellate lawyer Jennifer Peabody)
We agree with Woods that section 3051, subdivision (h),
which excludes One Strike offenders from the procedures for youth
offender parole hearings, violates his right to equal protection of the
laws because such procedures are generally available to similarly
situated offenders and no rational basis exists to deny them to
One Strike offenders. He is therefore entitled to a youth offender
parole hearing during his 25th year of incarceration.
Presumably also will apply or help us argue it should apply to people excluded for other reasons (e.g. 2nd, 3rd strike.)
I’m so so so happy about this.