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May 15, 2017


New legislation to overhaul California’s youth criminal justice system includes a key provision that could curb life-without-parole sentences for juvenile offenders.

Senate Bill 394 makes inmates eligible for a parole hearing after 25 years of incarceration if they were sentenced to life without parole when they were under the age of 18.

May 12, 2017

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By Guy Marzorati

When Gov. Jerry Brown releases his revised budget Thursday, it will launch a five-week sprint to the finish line for state lawmakers, who face a June 15 deadline to pass a budget or forfeit pay.

A 2016 ballot measure will constrict that timeline even further, as the budget bill will need to be in print for 72 hours before a final vote is taken.

May 12, 2017

BERKELEY, Calif. – A new report finds that some California families are losing their homes and being driven into bankruptcy by the fees counties charge when kids get arrested - fees that nonetheless generate little to no profit for taxpayers.

Researchers from the UC Berkeley School of Law found that more than 50 counties charge fees for detention, probation supervision, electronic monitoring, drug testing and even representation by a public defender.

May 12, 2017

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Funding for nearly 3,000 new preschool slots that would not have been created under Governor Jerry Brown's original 2017-18 budget proposal will be restored under the revised proposal released Thursday. 

In the revised proposal, Brown restored $500 million in funding for early childhood education and child care. He had cut those funds in his original budget plan in January.

May 12, 2017

SACRAMENTO –  A statewide health-advocacy group presented Sen. Holly J. Mitchell with its annual leadership award during a ceremony on the Capitol’s West steps.

May 12, 2017

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Jerry Brown released a revised budget proposal Thursday that reverses some of his proposed cuts to education and child care for the fiscal year that starts July 1. Here's how lawmakers and interest groups are reacting:

May 10, 2017

A statewide Jewish-advocacy group late Monday presented Sen. Holly J. Mitchell with its annual leadership honor, known as the Jerry Sampson Memorial Award.

Rabbi Noah Farkas of Valley Beth Shalom, Nancy Volpert of Jewish Family Services of Los Angeles and member Barbara Yaroslavsky formally presented the award on behalf of the Jewish Public Affairs Committee of California to Mitchell, chair of the Senate Budget Committee, at an off-site event near the State Capitol.

May 10, 2017

The arrest of a child could be a devastating experience for families. But for families struggling to make ends meet, it could also lead them to rack up debt.

A report by UC Berkeley School of Law Policy Advocacy Clinic looks at the cost associated with juvenile detentions in California.

In San Diego, the county charges families $30 for every day a minor is locked up in juvenile detention. It also charges $28 for every day a minor has to wear an electronic monitoring device. The average stay costs almost $1,000, according to the report.