In the News

June 06, 2017

Link to original Op-Ed HERE:

By Ricardo Lara and Holly Mitchell

If you said a 10-year-old should register for the military draft, drive a car or vote for president, people would write you off as a lunatic.

Yet elected leaders and law enforcement often act as if children are no different than adults when it comes to the justice system.

June 06, 2017

“Take that, Oregon.” -State Sen. Holly Mitchell, D-Los Angeles, as the Legislature’s budget-writing committee advanced a proposal for the Secure Choice retirement program. The OregonSaves program begins this summer.

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June 02, 2017

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By Natalie Kitroeff

California’s Legislature has proposed making more low-income families eligible for subsidized child care. In budget hearings last week, the Assembly and the Senate voted to increase the income allowed to qualify for the benefit.

June 01, 2017


The Governor’s May revision budget takes a new look at In Home Support Services Maintenance of Efforts that had many counties concerned due to its potential elimination.

June 01, 2017

By Scott Shackford

If successful, state would stop piling on more punishment for prior convictions.

With the news last week that Attorney General Jeff Sessions is telling federal prosecutors to ramp the war on drugs right back up, expect to see some resistant states publicizing efforts to do the opposite.

That's happening in California, where the state's Senate this week approved SB 180, 22-13. Nicknamed the Repeal Ineffective Sentencing (RISE) Act, the bill eliminates a particular drug-related sentencing enhancement under California law.

June 01, 2017

By Katy Murphy

A package of four bills introduced by Sens. Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens, and Holly Mitchell, D-Los Angeles, to reform treatment of youths and young adults in the criminal justice system. Senate Bill 394 ends life without parole for juveniles; Senate Bill 393, sponsored by San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon, seals arrest records for those arrested but not convicted of a crime; and Senate Bill 395 would require those under 18 to consult with legal counsel before waiving their Miranda rights in police interrogations.

June 01, 2017

Listen to the segment  on the Senate approving SB 190 by Sen. Holly J. Mitchell HERE:

May 27, 2017

By Julio Moran and Linda Jacobson

Proposed legislation would move juvenile justice in California closer to rehabilitating youth rather than punishing them, juvenile advocates say.

State sens. Holly Mitchell and Ricardo Lara, both Democrats, introduced bills in March that would keep more youth out of the juvenile justice system by focusing on crime prevention and family ties rather than incarceration.

While none of the proposed laws are groundbreaking, they could lead to changes in other states.