Press Releases

October 11, 2017

Sens. Lara and Mitchell continue momentum for reform

   Includes juvenile justice bills to end fees for the innocent, update Miranda rights, and allow parole for youthful offenders

SACRAMENTO – Gov. Brown today signed the five remaining bills in the #EquityAndJustice package, continuing bipartisan reform of California’s juvenile and adult justice systems.

October 11, 2017

Sen. Holly J. Mitchell’s support key to passage   

SACRAMENTO – Gov. Brown today signed into law a plan to allow the Los Angeles Unified School District to move forward with a pair of single-gender schools to promote leadership and interest in technology-related fields among its diverse students.

The action affects the district’s Girls Academic Leadership Academy, which opened its doors last year, and the Boys Academic Leadership Academy, which welcomed its first class of students at the start of this semester.

October 06, 2017

Sen. Holly J. Mitchell law takes effect Jan. 1, 2018

SACRAMENTO – Gov. Brown today signed into law a plan to help community clinics more easily provide services for mental health and drug use disorders to California’s vulnerable communities.

“This bill will make it easier for health centers and counties to work together to improve mental health and drug use disorder treatments,” Sen. Holly J. Mitchell, D-Los Angeles, the author of Senate Bill 323, said.

October 04, 2017

Goals of group: Equity in housing, healthcare, public benefits

SACRAMENTO – Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County, one of the largest and most prominent public interest law offices in the nation, has conferred Sen. Holly J. Mitchell with its 2017 Leadership Award for legislation and advocacy championing rights for struggling families.

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 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.