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October 25, 2017

LOS ANGELES (Oct. 19, 2017) -- Sens. Ricardo Lara and Holly J. Mitchell today formally praised Gov. Brown and community members for supporting their #EquityAndJustice package to reform California’s juvenile and adult justice systems. Watch the coverage by ABC-TV by clicking on the link above.



October 19, 2017

Criminal justice advocates are celebrating the signing of a package of bills on juvenile and criminal justice. The so-called “Equity and Justice” bills include measures to end fees for juveniles and adults later found innocent, and to prevent false confessions by providing Miranda rights for youths when they’re interrogated.
Christopher Martinez reports.

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October 15, 2017

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October 12, 2017

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By Marisa Lagos

Gov. Jerry Brown bucked prosecutors and some other law enforcement groups Wednesday, signing a package of bills, including some that will shorten many prison and jail sentences for both juveniles and adults.

October 12, 2017

By Nick Cahill

SACRAMENTO (CN) — Governor Jerry Brown on Wednesday signed a criminal justice reform package focused on reducing juvenile sentences and recidivism in California, drawing applause from civil rights groups and celebrity activists.

The measures require juvenile suspects younger than 15 to consult with an attorney before waiving their Miranda rights during interrogations; require that all minors serving a life sentence become parole-eligible after 25 years of incarceration; and give judges more discretion over imposing extra jail or prison time.

October 12, 2017

By Jazmine Ulloa

Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday signed nine bills to aid young people facing charges and serving time, a victory for a statewide coalition of criminal justice groups that brought together celebrities and former youth offenders in a push to divert children from a path to prison.

The new laws will increase parole opportunities and ease punishment for people who committed crimes as children or teens. They will allow courts to seal certain juvenile records and limit the administrative fees that counties charge families with children in juvenile detention.

October 12, 2017

By Allahiya Shabazz

Families in California will no longer be forced to pay juvenile detention fees for their incarcerated youth, thanks to Senate Bill 190, which was signed Wednesday by Gov. Jerry Brown.

The bill was introduced by State Sens. Holly Mitchell, D-Los Angeles, and Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens, as part of the #EquityAndJustice package, which included four other Senate bills that reformed the criminal justice system.

October 11, 2017

By Christopher Cadelago

As part of his quest to change California’s justice system, Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation outlawing the state from sentencing juveniles to life without the possibility of parole.

The bill, by Democratic Sens. Ricardo Lara and Holly Mitchell, ensures minors convicted of an offense and serving a life sentence without parole become eligible for release under a youth-parole hearing after their 25th year of incarceration.

October 09, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Last week Gov. Brown signed into law a plan to help community clinics more easily provide services for mental health and drug use disorders to California’s vulnerable communities.

“This bill will make it easier for health centers and counties to work together to improve mental health and drug use disorder treatments,” Sen. Holly J. Mitchell, D-Los Angeles, the author of Senate Bill 323, said.

October 03, 2017

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By Michael Fitzgerald

A bill awaiting California Governor Jerry Brown’s signature would end mandatory, life-in-prison sentences for youth offenders in the state.

Under the proposed law, Senate Bill 394, anyone under the age of 18 with a life sentence now or in the future would be entitled to a parole hearing by their 25th year of incarceration.