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September 19, 2017

By Beth Cone Kramer

THIS MUCH I KNOW--On September 16, the California Legislature approved a bill that would create a tiered system for the state’s sex offender registry. The bill, SB-384, is expected to be signed by Governor Brown. 

September 18, 2017

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Legislature OK’s final juvenile justice-reform bills updating Miranda rights, parole for child offenders

ust weeks after 25,000 people attended a concert here by artist-musician Common to push for common sense justice reforms, the California Legislature approved the final two bills in the #EquityAndJustice package.

September 15, 2017

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The legislation would reduce prison sentences for nonviolent drug crimes and eliminate costly fees levied against youth offenders and their families.

By Ryan Lindsay

September 15, 2017

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By Matthew Lo

Currently, families of incarcerated youth are required to pay numerous fees to counties holding their children; however, if SB 190, which was presented to Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday, is signed, these payments would be eliminated.

September 15, 2017

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A proposed law that has a few more steps toward victory would essentially help Californians who've been arrested hide any trace of the incident from employers — as long as they weren't convicted.

September 15, 2017

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After falling short of votes earlier in the week, a bill that would expand the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors won the two-thirds majority vote needed for passage in the state Senate on Thursday. The proposal, which would increase the board's members from five to seven, would be put on the June 2018 ballot for voter approval should it pass the Assembly.

September 15, 2017

The office of Sen. Holly Mitchell reports that Mitchell has received the Legislator of the Year award by the California chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) California for "making mental health a priority." The organization also says Mitchell has "tackled tough conversations around mental health, and championed legislation not only reducing stigma surrounding mental illness but also providing access to health care for those that need it most." Contact: Ray Sotero 916 651-4030.

September 15, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Arrest records will be sealed and barriers to employment and housing will be removed for those arrested but not convicted of a crime, the California Assembly legislated Thursday, September 14.

The Assembly approved Senate Bill 393, the Consumer Arrest Record Equity (CARE) Act, is part of the #EquityAndJustice package of bills jointly authored by Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) and Sen. Holly Mitchell (D-Los Angeles) to promote prevention, rehabilitation and maintain family cohesion.

September 14, 2017

By Holly J. Mitchell and Alex Johnson

When a child commits a crime, we cannot give up on him or her. Our laws, our morality, demand that we respond in a manner that will help the child grow into a productive member of our community.

As a California state senator and president of the Los Angeles County Board of Education, respectively, we have spoken to youth who have been detained and placed on juvenile probation. We have met with families whose children have gone through the system. We have visited juvenile facilities across the state.

September 14, 2017

The California Assembly approved Senate Bill 393, the Consumer Arrest Record Equity Act, to seal arrest records and remove barriers to employment and housing for those arrested but not convicted of a crime. The CARE Act is sponsored by San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón.

Senate Bill 393 is part of the #EquityAndJustice bill package of bills jointly authored by Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) and Senator Holly Mitchell (D-Los Angeles) to promote prevention, rehabilitation and maintain family cohesion.