Press Releases

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.

July 10, 2017

First reform bill by Sens. Mitchell and Lara takes effect Jan. 1, 2018 
SACRAMENTO – Today, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law the first in a package of criminal justice-reform bills seeking to improve public safety, save taxpayers money and put greater emphasis on prevention, rehabilitation and maintaining family cohesion.

June 28, 2017

Recognition came during California Nonprofits Day at the Capitol

SACRAMENTO — New Earth, Culver City-based group selected by Sen. Holly J. Mitchell that helps youths, today was honored as a Nonprofit of the Year at a celebration of California Nonprofits Day at the State Capitol. 

June 28, 2017

SACRAMENTO (June 27, 2017) -- Watch, listen to testimony and votes on #EquityAnd Justice package of criminal justice reform bills by Sens. Holly J. Mitchell and Ricardo Lara. Having already cleared the Senate, the bills passed their initial policy test in the Assembly Public Safety Committee. Click on individual bills below to watch. To read Mitchell's Press Release explaining the bills, click HERE:

June 27, 2017

The 2017-18 budget first with L.A. Democrat as new head of panel

SACRAMENTO – Sen. Holly J. Mitchell, D-Los Angeles, released the following statement in response to Gov. Brown signing the 2017-18 budget today: