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April 19, 2017

Less than a month after introduction, the last bill in a package of sweeping reforms of how California treats youths and young adults today passed its initial policy test.

“People are finally understanding that it is time to reform a system so that more emphasis is put on rehabilitation,” Sen. Holly J. Mitchell said after members of the Senate Committee on Public Safety approved Senate Bill 180, a modest step toward enacting the bipartisan movement to end wasteful incarceration spending in favor of community reinvestments.

April 16, 2017

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By Dana Littlefield

A local lawyer mentioned to me in an interview roughly a decade ago that street gangs that once trafficked primarily in drugs had found a new “product” to push.

She used a quote that can’t be repeated in full here, but it has stuck in my memory. In essence, she said that although gangs were still dealing drugs all over San Diego County, many had found pimping young women and girls to be more lucrative.

April 13, 2017

BY THE BEE EDITORIAL BOARD

Sacramento County supervisors quietly took a significant step toward fairer justice this week by voting to stop charging fees to families of juvenile offenders.

According to a recent UC Berkeley study, Sacramento County has among the highest fees in the state – about $550 a month for juvenile hall, $206 a month for probation supervision, $725 a month for electronic monitoring and $20 for each drug test.

April 05, 2017

The bill proposes that all kids, even those accused of heinous crimes would receive intervention, not jail time. But opponents say these unthinkable crimes would go unpunished.

To watch, listen to Sen. Holly Mitchell discuss the need for Senate Bill 439, Minimum Age for Incarceration, click HERE:

April 05, 2017

A bill that would keep children under 12 out of juvenile hall and get them into rehabilitation programs moved forward in the California Senate Tuesday. The legislation has the support of Michael Rizo, who got in trouble with the law at a young age.

Walking through a West Sacramento neighborhood brings up difficult memories for Rizo. When he was 11, Rizo used to steal from his neighbors.

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 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


Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/capitol-alert/article142195994.html#storylink=cpy

 

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 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 www.africanfocus.org or (310) 676-7300.

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.