Holly Recommends

January 19, 2018

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By Teresa Wiltz

Editor's note: This story was updated January 17, 2018 to clarify how the new law (Senate Bill SB 190, by Sen. Holly J. Mitchell) in California might have an impact on people like Michael Rizo.

December 20, 2017

By Jordan Hunter

Driving up to Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza, the main landmarks are what you might expect in an average mall: a two story parking structure, a nice-looking movie theatre, and a long building bookended by Sears and Macys.

November 06, 2017

Read this study by the Senate Office of Research at the link below.

October 26, 2017

By Xaquín G.V., special
to The Washington Post

The median salary for women working full-time is about 80 percent of men’s. That gap, put in other terms, means women are working for free 10 weeks a year. Read the complete story and graphics HERE:

August 03, 2017

Bail is supposed to make sure that a defendant returns for the court date, although critics say bail merely punishes people for being poor.

Legislation is moving through the Capitol to try to resolve this issue, but it is fiercely opposed by the bail agents and bounty hunters who make their living assuring the courts that skittish defendants will show up.

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July 19, 2017

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By Jon Schuppe

Should the government be able to seize people's property in the name of crime fighting, even without evidence to prove someone has broken the law?

A growing number of politicians and policy makers across the political spectrum say that's an abuse of Americans' civil rights.

July 18, 2017

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By Anita Chabria

Rapper, actor and activist Common will perform a free concert on Capitol Mall next month to raise awareness about criminal justice reform and push for the passage of three bills in the California Legislature that would give more rights to juvenile offenders and revamp the state’s bail system.

June 16, 2017

California county jails would have to provide face-to-face family visits for inmates under a budget plan approved Thursday by state lawmakers.

Over the last five years, an increasing number of jails and prisons across California and nationwide have moved to offer Skype-like video visits through phone and computer screens. But some jails have used the video systems to replace on-site meetings that have traditionally occurred through a glass window.

June 15, 2017

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Photo caption: State Sen. Holly J. Mitchell, D-Los Angeles, chair of the Senate budget committee, discusses the state budget agreement reached between Gov. Jerry Brown and Democratic lawmakers on June 13, 2017, in Sacramento.

May 19, 2017

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By RICHARD A. OPPEL Jr.

Louisiana has the nation’s highest incarceration rate. But this week, Gov. John Bel Edwards struck a deal to reduce sentences and the prison population, saving millions annually.