Press Releases

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.

August 21, 2017

 

Artist joins effort to update Miranda protections and end ‘life without parole’ sentences for young people

SACRAMENTO – Hip hop recording artist, actor, film producer and poet Common adds his voice to the campaign to reform California’s juvenile justice system with the Imagine Justice concert at the Capitol Mall today, Monday, Aug. 21, and meetings with legislators and youth on Tuesday, Aug. 22.

August 17, 2017

Sen. Holly J. Mitchell’s policy priorities when session resumes Monday

SACRAMENTO – When this year’s legislative session resumes Monday, Sen. Holly J. Mitchell will continue work on reforming the juvenile and criminal justice systems to improve public safety, save taxpayers money and put greater emphasis on prevention, rehabilitation and maintaining family cohesion.

August 08, 2017

Honor comes with leadership on national issues  

SACRAMENTO – The National Conference of State Legislatures on Sunday elected Sen. Holly J. Mitchell to its national Executive Committee, group officials confirmed today.

Mitchell, chair of the powerful Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee, has been actively involved in NCSL for more than 25 years, first at the staff level on welfare reform workgroups then later as an elected lawmaker.

July 15, 2017

Event took place Saturday, July 15 at USC campus

SACRAMENTOWith more than 400 students and family members in attendance, Sen. Holly J. Mitchell on Saturday presented free laptops and scooters to 150 at-risk children during a carnival that keyed on fun – but really was part of her years-long effort to engage children to stay mentally, physically and nutritionally active.

July 13, 2017

Event takes place 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at USC campus

SACRAMENTO – Thanks to strong local support, Sen. Holly J. Mitchell on Saturday will present laptops and scooters to 150 at-risk children during a free carnival that includes food, games, rides, medical screenings, athletic challenges and enough outdoor fun to inspire Santa to buy sunscreen.