Aug. 30, 2018: Plan to set age 12 as minimum for prosecution approved by Assembly

August 30, 2018

Assembly passes #Equity&Justice-reform bill

SACRAMENTO – The California Assembly today approved a plan to exclude children age 11 and younger from juvenile court jurisdiction to promote the rights, health and well-being of youth by curbing premature exposure to incarceration.

“I’m grateful to colleagues who have joined me in reforming a system that too often punishes children as if they were disposable,” Sen. Holly J. Mitchell said after the Assembly voted 41-21 to approve Senate Bill 439, which now returns to the Senate for concurrence. “Children are not pint-sized adults. Instead, they should be cared for with an emphasis on rehabilitation – not warehousing.”

SB 439 is one of several bills comprising an #EquityAndJustice package jointly authored for the second consecutive year by Mitchell and Sen. Ricardo Lara. Six measures were signed into law last year, and SB 439 is among four remaining this session.

The two Los Angeles-area Democrats have sought major juvenile and criminal-justice reforms that put greater emphasis on prevention, rehabilitation and maintaining family cohesion.

Their other remaining measures are:

  • SB 1050 – Services and Support for Exonorees
    This bill would provide services and support for exonerated people after prison, including healthcare, work training and updating exonerate records to reflect their wrongful convictions. Status: Awaiting review by the Assembly.  
  • SB 1391 – Juvenile Justice for Children Under 16
    This would ensure that youth ages 14 and 15 who commit crimes get the services and help they need by prohibiting them from being tried as adults and keeping them in the juvenile justice system. Status:  Awaiting Senate concurrence.  

NOTE: SBs 439, 1050, 1391 and 1393 are part of the #EquityAndJustice2018 package carried jointly by Sens. Mitchell and Ricardo Lara as follow-up measures to their initial #EquityAndJustice bills last year.

For more information, visit Sen. Mitchell’s Web site HERE or at the address below.

Sen. Mitchell is chair of the Senate Budget Committee. A member of the Legislature since 2010, Mitchell represents nearly 1 million residents of Senate District 30, which includes Culver City and much of Los Angeles. See a map of Mitchell’s district that includes a demographic breakdown of its residents and more HERE. More at

Sen. Ricardo Lara is chair of the Senate Labor Committee and was first elected to the Legislature in 2010. He represents nearly 1 million residents of Senate District 33, which includes Long Beach and the Southeast Los Angeles cities of Bell, Bell Gardens, Cudahy, Huntington Park, Lakewood, Lynwood, Maywood, Paramount, Signal Hill, South Gate, and parts of Los Angeles. More at



Communications Director

Sen. Holly Mitchell, Senate District 30

Capitol Building, Room 5080

Sacramento, Calif. 95814

(916) 651-4030 office; 916 717-0513 cell


Michael Soller

Communications Director

Office of State Senator Ricardo Lara

(916) 651-4814 direct

(213) 446-1851 cell

Visit the SD33 Website


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