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Bill gives California youths convicted of murder a second chance

California inmates are seen in this undated file photo.

August 18, 2013 12:00:00 AM PDT
California inmates serving long prison terms for crimes they committed as teenagers could have a chance at an early release.

A bill, which passed the Senate, expands on legislation signed into law last year that gives a second chance to criminals who committed murder before they turned 18 and were sentenced to life in prison without parole.

Under the bill, SB260, inmates who committed such crimes as voluntary or involuntary manslaughter as teenagers would be presumed eligible for parole after 15 years unless they present a threat to public safety.

The measure is now moving through the Assembly.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.