Press Releases

September 18, 2017

Lawmakers endorse measures

SACRAMENTO – Protecting foster children and reforming the juvenile and criminal justice systems to put greater emphasis on prevention, rehabilitation and maintaining family cohesion are among the eight proposals by Sen. Holly J. Mitchell that await action on Gov. Brown’s desk.   

September 15, 2017

Six #EquityAndJustice bills win approval

SACRAMENTO – Just 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.

Senate Bills 394 and 395, jointly authored by Sens. Ricardo Lara and Senator Holly J. Mitchell, now go to Gov. Brown, and supporters praised the package for its goal to promote prevention, rehabilitation and maintaining family cohesion.

September 14, 2017

SACRAMENTO – The California chapter of a nationwide mental-health group has named Sen. Holly J. Mitchell its Legislator of the Year.

The award by the National Alliance on Mental Illness California, an affiliate of the country’s largest mental health advocacy organization dedicated to bettering the lives of those living with mental illness, took place during the group’s Statewide Annual Conference in Newport Beach.

September 14, 2017

This measure was approved and sent to the governor shortly after the remarks by Sen. Holly J. Mitchell, D-Los Angeles.

September 13, 2017

Clearing barriers to finding an apartment or a job

SACRAMENTO – 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.

September 12, 2017

#EquityAndJustice measure would end certain sentence enhancements 

SACRAMENTO – Lawmakers today approved and sent to the governor an #EquityAndJustice bill to reform California’s criminal justice system to help children and young adults thrive.

September 12, 2017

SACRAMENTO – In an effort to remove the cloud of uncertainty that hangs over the heads of thousands of young Californians, a key Senate committee is expected to vote tomorrow on a $30 million emergency plan to provide them legal and financial assistance.

The Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee, chaired by Sen. Holly J. Mitchell, will vote on the plan, a combined effort by Gov. Brown’s office and the leadership of both houses, to aid residents here under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

September 06, 2017

Bill is part of #EquityAndJustice package by Sens. Lara and Mitchell

SACRAMENTO – Less than one day after the Assembly voted in favor, the Senate today approved and sent to Gov. Brown a plan to end unreasonable fees on families of incarcerated children.   

“For far too long, poor children and children of color are more likely to become victims of the juvenile justice system,” Sen. Holly J. Mitchell said about Senate Bill 190, one of several bills in the #EquityAndJustice package by Mitchell and Sen. Ricardo Lara.

September 05, 2017

Bill is part of #EquityAndJustice package by Sens. Lara and Mitchell

SACRAMENTO – State Assemblymembers from both parties today approved a plan to end unreasonable fees on families of incarcerated children, making the measure one step away from Gov. Brown’s desk

Senate Bill 190, one of several bills in the #EquityAndJustice package by Sens. Ricardo Lara and Holly J. Mitchell, passed on a 57-to-9 bipartisan vote and now returns to the Senate to concur on technical amendments; the Senate approved SB 190 last May 30 on a 36-4 vote.

September 01, 2017

SACRAMENTO - Today Sen. Holly J. Mitchell recorded a Public Service Announcement to air during a Hurricane Harvey telethon on what residents can do to prepare for a disaster, such as an earthquake, fire or flood. She also encouraged donations to help Hurricane Harvey victims. For more information on preparedness, call Red Cross at 1-800-REDCROSS, or visit their Website at: www.RedCross.org. To help Hurricane Harvey victims, text HARVEY to 90999 to make a $10 donation.