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April 4, 2017: PUBLIC NEWS SERVICE - California Bill to Ban Prosecution of Kids Under 12 Gets Hearing Today

April 04, 2017

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – A bill to keep children under 12 out of the juvenile court system gets a hearing before the state Senate Public Safety Committee today.

SB 439 would instead require that children 11 or younger be referred to child protective services and thus be spared time in juvenile hall and have no criminal record.

April 4, 2017: SACRAMENTO BEE - Too young for juvie? California bill bars prosecution of kids under 12

April 04, 2017

Watch, listen to Sen. Holly Mitchell by clicking on the link below.

Caption: Sen. Holly J. Mitchell, D-Los Angeles, speaks at a press conference on March 20, 2017, to introduce a package of juvenile justice reform bills in the California Legislature. Video courtesy of California Senate

April 3, 2017: WAVE Newspapers - Community rallies behind proposed law that would reduce child poverty

April 03, 2017

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By Dorany Pineda

SOUTH LOS ANGELES — Civil rights champion U.S. Rep. John Lewis and other political dignitaries joined hundreds of people at St. John’s Well and Child Family Center April 9 in support of new state anti-poverty legislation.

The legislation, the Lifting Children and Families Out of Poverty Act of 2017, has been introduced by Assemblywoman Autumn Burke and aims to end child poverty in California.

March 30, 2017: WAVE Newspapers - Awards recognize African goodwill

March 31, 2017

LOS ANGELES — Tickets are now available for the African Goodwill Recognition Awards and Family Induction Ceremony at 5 p.m. April 8, at the Westin Hotel LAX, 5400 W. Century Blvd.

Mathis Fobi will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award and state Sen. Holly Mitchell also will be recognized with an achievement award.

Tickets are $80 and are available for purchase at or (310) 676-7300.

March 30, 2017: LOS ANGELES WAVE - Legislation seeks juvenile justice system reforms

March 30, 2017

By Doriny Pineda

LOS ANGELES—A package of juvenile justice reform bills that aim to repair aspects of the juvenile justice system and keep young children out of the system was introduced March 20 by two area state senators.

Sens. Ricardo Lara, D-Long Beach, and Holly J. Mitchell, D-Los Angeles, coauthored eight equity and justice bills, four of which focus on young children in California’s juvenile justice system and another four that target injustices in the adult prison system.

March 30, 2017: LA SENTINEL - Sen. Holly J. Mitchell named recipient of inaugural Willie L. Brown, Jr., award

March 30, 2017

By Sentinel News Service

The California Association of Black Lawyers has named Sen. Holly J. Mitchell recipient of its inaugural “Willie L. Brown, Jr., Advocacy Award,” the president of the group recently said.

“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."

March 26, 2017: LOS ANGELES NEWS GROUP EDITORIAL - For juveniles, paying debt to society should be simpler

March 26, 2017

A bill advanced Tuesday by a California Senate committee would correct a problem with the juvenile justice system that has high costs for the families of youthful offenders — and potentially for public safety.

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.