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October 12, 2017

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By Marisa Lagos

Gov. Jerry Brown bucked prosecutors and some other law enforcement groups Wednesday, signing a package of bills, including some that will shorten many prison and jail sentences for both juveniles and adults.

October 12, 2017

By Nick Cahill

SACRAMENTO (CN) — Governor Jerry Brown on Wednesday signed a criminal justice reform package focused on reducing juvenile sentences and recidivism in California, drawing applause from civil rights groups and celebrity activists.

The measures require juvenile suspects younger than 15 to consult with an attorney before waiving their Miranda rights during interrogations; require that all minors serving a life sentence become parole-eligible after 25 years of incarceration; and give judges more discretion over imposing extra jail or prison time.

October 12, 2017

By Jazmine Ulloa

Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday signed nine bills to aid young people facing charges and serving time, a victory for a statewide coalition of criminal justice groups that brought together celebrities and former youth offenders in a push to divert children from a path to prison.

The new laws will increase parole opportunities and ease punishment for people who committed crimes as children or teens. They will allow courts to seal certain juvenile records and limit the administrative fees that counties charge families with children in juvenile detention.

October 11, 2017

By Christopher Cadelago

As part of his quest to change California’s justice system, Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation outlawing the state from sentencing juveniles to life without the possibility of parole.

The bill, by Democratic Sens. Ricardo Lara and Holly Mitchell, ensures minors convicted of an offense and serving a life sentence without parole become eligible for release under a youth-parole hearing after their 25th year of incarceration.

October 09, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Last week Gov. Brown signed into law a plan to help community clinics more easily provide services for mental health and drug use disorders to California’s vulnerable communities.

“This bill will make it easier for health centers and counties to work together to improve mental health and drug use disorder treatments,” Sen. Holly J. Mitchell, D-Los Angeles, the author of Senate Bill 323, said.

October 03, 2017

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By Michael Fitzgerald

A bill awaiting California Governor Jerry Brown’s signature would end mandatory, life-in-prison sentences for youth offenders in the state.

Under the proposed law, Senate Bill 394, anyone under the age of 18 with a life sentence now or in the future would be entitled to a parole hearing by their 25th year of incarceration.

October 02, 2017

Sacramento – Just weeks after the artist and musician Common held a free concert outside the State Capitol for 25,000 people and met with legislators to push for common sense justice reform, the California Legislature approved two long-overdue juvenile justice bills.

September 22, 2017

“It’s just amazing, I don’t know that I can describe it in words, it’s this swell of joy, pride, appreciation and gratitude to so many because this really is the outcome of so many who have poured their time, hearts, souls, talent and skills into making this happen,” said Georgina Garcia, RN SVP, Area Manager of Kaiser Permanente West L.A.

September 22, 2017

Sen. Holly J. Mitchell speaks on AB 1308, Youth Offender Parole Hearings. The measure was approved and sent to Gov. Brown moments after remarks by Sen. Holly J. Mitchell, (D-Los Angeles). Watch HERE:

September 19, 2017

By Beth Cone Kramer

THIS MUCH I KNOW--On September 16, the California Legislature approved a bill that would create a tiered system for the state’s sex offender registry. The bill, SB-384, is expected to be signed by Governor Brown.