June 13, 2018: KMJ FRESNO - California Senate considers bill blocking children under 12 from prosecution

June 13, 2018

FRESNO (KMJ) — A Senate Bill blocking prosecution for Californians younger than 12 years old, for everything but the most serious offenses, is progressing in the state legislature. SB 439 is designed to protect younger children from the impact of the justice system. The proposed legislation would see only allegations of murder, rape with force, violence, or threat of great bodily harm, considered for those under the age of 12. “Processing children formally through the juvenile justice system, where they have a limited understanding of what’s happening, is unjust and inconsistent with developmental science and best practices,” explained State Senator Holly Mitchell. Senator Mitchell authored the bill along with State Senator Ricardo Lara. Both Democrats represent the Los Angeles