In the News

August 18, 2017

By Jeffrey Selbin and Abbye Atkinson

Maria Rivera was a single mother raising two boys in Orange County when her youngest got into trouble. In 2008, he became one of tens of thousands of youth — disproportionately black and brown — who are referred annually into the state’s juvenile justice system, where he spent more than a year in detention.

Then came the bills.

Ms. Rivera was charged $23.90 for every day her son was detained and $2,200 for his court-appointed lawyer. All told, Orange County said she owed more than $16,000.

August 17, 2017

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By Laurel Rosenhall

Inmates at the state prison in Lancaster got an unusual perk this spring: a private meeting with Gov. Jerry Brown’s top aide and a Grammy-award winning rapper.

August 16, 2017

By Stephen Magagnini

Calling it an antidote for hatred and bigotry that boiled over in Charlottesville, Va., Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg and the California Museum announced the Aug. 26 opening of a permanent exhibition that celebrates diversity and understanding and stands against racism and other forms of discrimination.

August 15, 2017

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SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — At first glance, you might mistake this place for a college dorm.

Far from it. These cottages house foster kids, some under the age of 5, and many are teens who've never lived in a real home.

Here, at the Children's Receiving Home of Sacramento, they stay active, eat balanced meals, and receive counseling.

August 10, 2017

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The National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) on Aug. 6 named state Sen. Holly J. Mitchell (D-Los Angeles) to its national executive committee.

Mitchell, chair of the state Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee, has been involved with NCSL for more than 25 years, first at the staff level in welfare reform workgroups and later as an elected lawmaker. The new appointment is for a one-year term.

August 09, 2017

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By Shaya Tayefe Mohajer

LOS ANGELES — California’s juvenile prisons have long had a poor reputation as mere stops on the way to grown-up prisons, overcrowded places where reform or rehabilitation were rarely achieved.

That bad rep might help explain why most Californians voice some support for closing youth prisons, according to a recent survey commissioned by the California Endowment, a private health foundation.

August 08, 2017

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By Ben Adler/Capital Public Radio

There’s a new battle between California and the federal government. This time, it's over a new U.S. Justice Department policy on police seizures of cash and property – and it could affect a new California law that took effect this year.

We’re talking about a practice called “civil asset forfeiture” – when police seize money or property after a raid or an arrest.

August 01, 2017

This program originally aired March 3, 2017 and shows the plans and foresight crafted into the 2017 budget by it's new chair, Sen. Holly J. Mitchell of Los Angeles.

July 31, 2017

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In past decades, when California was in thrall to the belief that being “tough on crime” always worked, it was not unusual for teenage children who committed serious crimes to receive life sentences without the possibility for parole.

In recent years, many aspects of “tough on crime” policing and sentencing have been discredited.

July 31, 2017

Watch, listen to Sen. Holly J. Mitchell, D-Los Angeles, talk about why another 'War on Drugs' would be a disaster.