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March 23, 2017: CULVER CITY CROSSROADS - Senator Mitchell Receives Advocacy Award; Bills to Protect Children Currently Under Discussion in Sacramento

March 24, 2017

Senator Holly Mitchell was named as the inaugural honoree of the Willie L. Brown, Jr. Advocacy Award. The honor marks the 40th anniversary of California Association of Black Lawyers.

“Sen. Mitchell has displayed an unparalleled commitment to diversity, justice and the community,” Camille Townsend said. “The organization unanimously agrees that Sen. Mitchell embodies the Willie L. Brown, Jr. Advocacy Award.

CABL presented its new award as part of the group’s 40th anniversary celebration during a special reception earlier this week.

March 23, 2017: COURTHOUSE NEWS SERVICE - Calif. Lawmakers Push Juvenile Criminal Law Reform

March 23, 2017

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (CN) – State senators in California on Monday introduced an eight-bill justice reform package focused on juveniles that would create a minimum age incarceration standard, a ban on sentencing minors to life without parole and Miranda rights protections.

The Los Angeles-area lawmakers said the reforms will help close harmful loopholes in state criminal laws that often treat minors as adults. They hope their measures will promote rehabilitation and prevention rather than jail time for juveniles.

March 21, 2017: LOS ANGELES DAILY JOURNAL: Eight criminal justice bills introduced to legislature

March 21, 2017

By L.J. Williamson

Two state senators are pushing an eight-bill package with an ambitious agenda for California's criminal justice system. The proposed legislation targets administrative and court fees, juvenile life sentences and Miranda rights, drug enhancements, record sealing, and sex offender registration.

Most of  the bills promoted by Holly Mitchell, D-Los Angeles, and Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens, seek significant changes in the treatment of juveniles.

March 21, 2017: KTLA-TV LOS ANGELES - California Lawmakers Introduce Legislation to Stop School-to-Prison Pipeline

March 21, 2017

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California lawmakers on Monday said they have filed a package of bills in an attempt to divert children from a school-to-prison pipeline that disproportionately affects low-income and black and Latino families.

March 20, 2017: ASSOCIATED PRESS - Lawmakers seek changes to California juvenile justice system

March 20, 2017

By DON THOMPSON
Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California would start treating juvenile offenders more like children under proposals being considered in the state Legislature.

Democratic state senators Holly Mitchell of Los Angeles and Ricardo Lara of Bell Gardens said Monday that their four bills would keep more youthful offenders out of the criminal justice system.

March 20, 2017: LOS ANGELES TIMES - California lawmakers unveil a list of bills meant to keep children out of the juvenile justice system

March 20, 2017

By Jazmine Ulloa

California lawmakers on Monday said they have filed a package of bills in an attempt to divert children from a school-to-prison pipeline that disproportionately affects low-income and black and Latino families.

March 20, 2017: KQED/NPR - State Senators Look to Overhaul Juvenile Justice System

March 20, 2017

In Sacramento, we are expecting two state senators to unveil a new set of criminal justice reform plans. Senators Ricardo Lara and Holly Mitchell want to change how juveniles are punished. They're mainly focused on programs that prevent juvenile crime, and that separate violent kids from non-violent youth offenders. Sen. Mitchell chairs the Senate Budget Committee, and she wants to change how we view many juvenile offenders. Reporter: John Sepulvado

March 20, 2017: SACRAMENTO BEE - It’s self-defeating to bill parents for their children’s jail time

March 20, 2017

By Anne Stuhldreher
Special to The Bee

On the surface, it looks like West Sacramento native Michael Rizo has repaid his debt to society.

After cycling in and out of foster care since he was a toddler, Rizo got caught up in gangs and robberies. Stints in juvenile hall followed, and at 17, he was sentenced to three-and-a-half years in the California Youth Authority for a fight with a rival gang member.