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October 02, 2018

SACRAMENTO – Gov. Jerry Brown signed on Sunday, Sept. 30, two research-based criminal justice reforms to improve rehabilitation and reduce the odds of re-offending.

Senate Bill 1391 prohibits 14- and 15-year-olds from being tried as adults in criminal court and subsequently sent to adult prison. The bill reverses laws passed in the 1990s that allowed for sentencing the youngest teens to the adult criminal justice system.

October 02, 2018

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California is continuing a years-long easing of criminal penalties even as it increases public scrutiny of law enforcement.

By Don Thompson

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California is continuing a years-long easing of criminal penalties even as it increases public scrutiny of law enforcement.

October 02, 2018

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By Reid Wilson

California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) on Sunday signed a series of bills aimed at overhauling the state's juvenile justice system, reforms that advocates say will further their efforts to rehabilitate minors who commit crimes early in life. 

October 01, 2018

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By Jeremy Loudenback

Just hours before the end of this year’s legislative session, California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signed into law several far-reaching juvenile justice bills.

October 01, 2018

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SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — California was once a leader on so-called tough-on-crime laws, but the state is slowly shifting its approach to juvenile justice.

“We had 3 strikes coming out, trying juveniles as adults, (but) some of these juvenile offenders may be worth saving,” said Sacramento criminal defense attorney Mike Wise.

October 01, 2018

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BY ALEXEI KOSEFF

Gov. Jerry Brown on Sunday signed a pair of measures that limits when and how young people can be prosecuted for criminal charges.

It continues Brown’s efforts, in his final term, to undo many of the tough sentencing policies he supported during his first stint as governor, which contributed to an unconstitutionally overcrowded prison system in California.

October 01, 2018

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By Cynthia Littlejohn

California Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law Sunday four bills designed to toughen the state’s enforcement of sexual harassment laws and make it easier for victims to pursue civil claims.

The Golden State also enacted a law mandating that public companies based in California have at least one female board member by the end of next year.

September 27, 2018

NOTE: Sen. Holly J. Mitchell is author of SB 1343.   

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OPINION

By Mira Sorvino

What defines the success of a movement? Is it how loudly its message resounds? Or is it how much tangible change it makes in the lives of those it was formed to protect?

September 12, 2018

Legislation to extend California’s breast density reporting bill has been signed by California Gov. Jerry Brown, ensuring the law will remain in place through 2025. The legislation, SB-1034, was first introduced by Sen. Holly J. Mitchell.