In the News

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.

May 18, 2017

By Patrick McGreevy

The state Senate approved a measure Thursday that could loosen sentencing for gun crimes.

Current law says anyone who uses a gun in committing a felony must have their sentence increased by three to 10 years in prison on top of the penalty for the felony. The proposal is to lift that mandate.

Sen. Steven Bradford (D-Gardena) said he introduced the bill after a 17-year-old riding in a car involved in a drive-by shooting was sentenced to 25 years in prison even though he denied shooting the gun.

May 17, 2017

Backers of California after-school programs are pushing hard for their first state funding increase in a decade, even as the Trump administration has called for cutting federal funding. Watch, listen to Sen. Holly J. Mitchell's comments HERE:

Read  transcript below.

May 16, 2017

By David Greenwald

Failed to Reduce Drug Sales, Exacerbated Racial Disparities in Sentencing, Crippled State and Local Budgets

The California Senate took a step to address what many described as an expensive failed policy that exacerbated racial disparities in sentencing by passing SB 180 by Senators Holly Mitchell of Los Angeles and Ricardo Lara of Long Beach. The bill passed along party lines, 22-13, with most Democrats supporting the reform, and most Republicans opposing.