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August 15, 2018

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By Liam Dillon

In the 1970s, Los Angeles police officers were furious that past complaints against them increasingly were making their way into court cases.

August 14, 2018

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By Laura Garnette

In California, children as young as 5 years old are prosecuted in juvenile court. As a probation chief with nearly 30 years of experience, I can attest that the justice system is no place for very young children.

August 12, 2018

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When is someone too young to go to jail? Even if it’s a juvenile jail or a so-called probation camp, surely such institutions are not the right place for 8-year-olds, no matter what crimes they may have committed. But how old is old enough? Is it 9? 10? What’s the age threshold for jail?

August 09, 2018

Proposed laws for 2018 by state Sen. Holly J. Mitchell (D-Los Angeles) are designed to continue to reform the juvenile justice system and reduce childhood poverty to help families and communities.

Other efforts focus on expanding worker training to prevent sexual harassment and providing women key health information.

August 03, 2018

Listen to Sen. Holly J. Mitchell talk about what California is doing to fight hunger, including the first increase in CalWORKS grants in years, during an interview with the National Conference of State Legislatures as part of the recent summit in Los Angeles by clicking HERE: The interview is part of NCSL's Conversations with State Legislators

August 01, 2018

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By Rebecca Sun

Asian Americans are typically seen as a silent or invisible minority in both politics and entertainment, but they were the surprising drivers behind the unprecedented diversity provisions contained in the new extension of California's film and television tax credit.

July 30, 2018

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In one of the wealthiest nations in the world, hunger remains a serious problem. In 2016, 41.2 million Americans lived in food-insecure households. Food insecurity, defined as being without reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable and nutritious food, affects every community in the United States.

July 30, 2018

By Araceli Martínez Ortega

El próximo mes en la legislatura de California se decidirá la suerte de un proyecto de ley que pretende excluir a los menores de 12 años de ser juzgados en las cortes de delincuencia juvenil, lo que ha desatado la ira de fiscales y jefes de policías.

“Una abrumadora cantidad de datos ha arrojado que los niños menores de 12 años son por naturaleza menos culpables bajo la ley criminal dado su inmadurez en el desarrollo”, dijo la senadora de Los Ángeles, Holly Mitchell, autora de la medida SB 439.

July 25, 2018

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By Mikayla Mitchell, CSG intern, and Elizabeth Whitehouse, CSG Center of Innovation director

July 18, 2018

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A California Senate bill is making its way through legislature that would prohibit the juvenile justice system from hearing most cases of children younger than 12, including any future cases.

Senator Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens, and Senator Holly Mitchell, D-Los Angeles, are authors of the bill.