Dr. Phil Talks Second Chances with Sen. Leland Yee

Sen. Yee will appear on the Dr. Phil Show to discuss Senate Bill 9, giving youth sentenced to life without parole a second chance.

Sen. Leland Yee (D-San Mateo) has stirred some controversy amongst local law enforcement with his latest bill signed into law, which would give youth sentenced to life without parole a chance to earn release after serving at least 25 years in prison.

And now Senate Bill 9 is gaining national spotlight on the Dr. Phil show Wednesday to discuss the bill.

The show focuses on Sara Kruzan, who was sentence to life without parole in 1994 after shooting and killing her pimp who consistently abused her and forced her into prostitution. Kruzan was 16 years old at the time of sentencing.

Actress Mira Sorvino, defense attorney Darren Kavinoky and members of Kruzan’s family will also appear on the program in addition to Yee.

“Sara Kruzan’s case is heart wrenching and Dr. Phil does an amazing job at telling this important story,” Yee said in a statement. “I appreciate his efforts to highlight SB 9 and I thank him, Mira Sorvino, and Darren Kavinoky for their kind words regarding our work to give kids a second chance and to end child exploitation.”

In 2011, Yee also made an appearance on the show, when Dr. Phil McGraw promoted Yee’s SB 880 to require children under age 18 to wear helmets while skiing and snowboarding.

The show will air Wednesday at 4 p.m. PST on KRON-Channel 4. 

Troy October 16, 2012 at 02:45 PM
I can't believe Miss Kruzan received that sentence. Manslaughter perhaps, but wasn't she the victim?
Tim Hoffman October 16, 2012 at 05:22 PM
Sorry, I had to chuckle while reading this headline. The funnier man-bites-dog version would be: Dr. Phil to Appear on Sen. Leland Yee.
Mike October 19, 2012 at 09:32 PM
Having a law enforcement background I have an opinion on this. I've spent some time with both Sen. Yee and Dr, Phil and I believe they are both good guys who are always well intended. The problem I see wih leland and Phi is that they're human and can become blinded by what they wish to achieve as opposed to what they may achieve. There is no question in my mind that some young offenders are worthy of a 2nd chance. However, in many cases they do not deserve such. In many cases these young offendrs can be evey bit as dangerous as their adult conterparts. In fact in certain instances even more dangerous. This 2nd chance issue must be very carefully approached. We'll need lots of "checks and balances".
Mike October 19, 2012 at 09:45 PM
I too might have a problem understanding the sentence that the court imposed. However, knowing that there is more to the reason for the conviction I do not have a problem with the sentenance. Howver, I would not dismisse giving consideration for a 2nd chance where young offenders are involved. Some will actually deserve a 2nd chance.


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