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March 23, 2017

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The California Association of Black Lawyers has named Sen. Holly J. Mitchell recipient of its inaugural “Willie L. Brown, Jr., Advocacy Award,” the president of the group said today.

March 21, 2017

By L.J. Williamson

Two state senators are pushing an eight-bill package with an ambitious agenda for California's criminal justice system. The proposed legislation targets administrative and court fees, juvenile life sentences and Miranda rights, drug enhancements, record sealing, and sex offender registration.

Most of  the bills promoted by Holly Mitchell, D-Los Angeles, and Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens, seek significant changes in the treatment of juveniles.

March 21, 2017

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California lawmakers on Monday said they have filed a package of bills in an attempt to divert children from a school-to-prison pipeline that disproportionately affects low-income and black and Latino families.

March 21, 2017

By DON THOMPSON
Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California would start treating juvenile offenders more like children under proposals being considered in the state Legislature.

Democratic state senators Holly Mitchell of Los Angeles and Ricardo Lara of Bell Gardens said Monday that their four bills would keep more youthful offenders out of the criminal justice system.

March 20, 2017

By Jazmine Ulloa

California lawmakers on Monday said they have filed a package of bills in an attempt to divert children from a school-to-prison pipeline that disproportionately affects low-income and black and Latino families.

March 20, 2017

In Sacramento, we are expecting two state senators to unveil a new set of criminal justice reform plans. Senators Ricardo Lara and Holly Mitchell want to change how juveniles are punished. They're mainly focused on programs that prevent juvenile crime, and that separate violent kids from non-violent youth offenders. Sen. Mitchell chairs the Senate Budget Committee, and she wants to change how we view many juvenile offenders. Reporter: John Sepulvado

March 20, 2017

By Anne Stuhldreher
Special to The Bee

On the surface, it looks like West Sacramento native Michael Rizo has repaid his debt to society.

After cycling in and out of foster care since he was a toddler, Rizo got caught up in gangs and robberies. Stints in juvenile hall followed, and at 17, he was sentenced to three-and-a-half years in the California Youth Authority for a fight with a rival gang member.

March 20, 2017

http://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/capitol-alert/article139277248.html

March 17, 2017

Kids and their families are drowning in debt

By Carimah Townes

When kids in California enter the juvenile justice system, their families can end up owing thousands of dollars for court and detention fees, even if they have no ability to pay. While several counties stopped collecting the fees in the past year, a state senate committee is convening next week to consider whether or not all expenses imposed on juveniles and their guardians should be cut statewide.