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.