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August 09, 2017

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By Shaya Tayefe Mohajer

LOS ANGELES — California’s juvenile prisons have long had a poor reputation as mere stops on the way to grown-up prisons, overcrowded places where reform or rehabilitation were rarely achieved.

That bad rep might help explain why most Californians voice some support for closing youth prisons, according to a recent survey commissioned by the California Endowment, a private health foundation.

August 08, 2017

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By Ben Adler/Capital Public Radio

There’s a new battle between California and the federal government. This time, it's over a new U.S. Justice Department policy on police seizures of cash and property – and it could affect a new California law that took effect this year.

We’re talking about a practice called “civil asset forfeiture” – when police seize money or property after a raid or an arrest.

August 01, 2017

This program originally aired March 3, 2017 and shows the plans and foresight crafted into the 2017 budget by it's new chair, Sen. Holly J. Mitchell of Los Angeles.

July 31, 2017

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In past decades, when California was in thrall to the belief that being “tough on crime” always worked, it was not unusual for teenage children who committed serious crimes to receive life sentences without the possibility for parole.

In recent years, many aspects of “tough on crime” policing and sentencing have been discredited.

July 31, 2017

Watch, listen to Sen. Holly J. Mitchell, D-Los Angeles, talk about why another 'War on Drugs' would be a disaster.

July 21, 2017

By Sentinel News Service

Published July 21, 2017

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July 21, 2017

Senator Holly Mitchell (D-CA 30th Senate District) proudly presented the 7th Annual Christmas in July at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. CA on July 15, 2017 and Upscale Magazine was front and center to experience the joy of giving.

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July 20, 2017

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By Lisa Renner

Preventing childhood trauma should be one of the top goals of California policymakers, a coalition of child advocates say.

About 150 of the advocates came to Sacramento last week to educate legislators about the devastating effects of adverse childhood experiences. The goal was to help legislators create policies that will better protect kids.

July 20, 2017

Electronic monitoring isn’t kid-friendly

By Catherine Crump, Kate Weisburd and Christina Koningisor

Special to The Bee

Across California, young people in the juvenile justice system are routinely tracked 24/7 with GPS ankle monitors that are often touted as “better than jail.” That’s too low a standard for a technology used on children.

July 20, 2017

The holiday season arrived early Saturday July 15, as families came out to USC to enjoy the summer heat at the 7th annual “Christmas in July” affair, hosted by Senator Holly J. Mitchell representative of the 30th District of L.A. .

Held at the McCarthy Quad on the University of Southern California (USC) campus, Mitchell joined L.A. residents in celebration by staying active, connecting, and participating in activities with youth. She bridged having fun with staying mentally, physically and nutritionally active during the summer.