Two state senators are proposing a package of bills aimed at undertaking major criminal justice changes for adults and minors.
Sen. Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens, and Sen. Holly Mitchell, D-Los Angeles, are expected to announce legislation – eight bills in total – that seek to keep kids out of the juvenile justice system and address what the lawmakers characterized as “inequity” for juveniles and adults.
A news conference is set for 10 a.m. at Leataata Floyd Elementary School, at 401 McClatchy Way in Sacramento. Lara and Mitchell will unveil four proposed bills that specifically seek changes affecting youths. Together, Senate Bills 190, 394, 395 and 439 would end the collection of administrative fees against families with kids, enact into law a provision that juveniles can’t be sentenced to life without parole, require they consult with a lawyer before waiving constitutional rights during police interrogations and exclude children 11 and younger from juvenile court jurisdiction, according to bill authors.
Senate Bills 180, 355, 393 and 695 target changes for adults that would reduce enhanced drug sentences, eliminate court fees and seal arrest records for people not convicted of a crime and create a tiered sex offender registry, according to the authors.
Hearings on the proposed bills begin Tuesday in the Senate Public Safety Committee.