2017 POLICY ADVOCACY PRIORITIES

Bills ARC is Co-Sponsorng

SB 10/SB 42 (Hertzberg/Bonta) – The California Bail Reform Act (the Act) will ensure that people are not held in dangerous, overcrowded jails after an arrest simply because they cannot afford to post bail. The effect of the Act will be to ensure that people return to court as required and that the public is protected, while ending the current bail system’s cruel discrimination against low-income Californians and people of color. Click here too to learn more.

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SB 394 (Lara/Mitchell) – This bill would bring California law into compliance with the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision in Montgomery v. Louisiana (2016), and give individuals serving life without parole for crimes they committed as youths under 18 years-old the opportunity to work for parole. Click here to learn more.

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SB 395 (Lara/Mitchell) - This bill would safeguard young people’s rights under the United States and California Constitutions by requiring that youth under 18 consult with counsel prior to waiving their Miranda rights. This will preserve youth’s constitutional rights and protects the integrity of our criminal justice system. Click here to learn more.

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SB 142 (Beall) - This bill also requires judges, during sentencing, to consider a defendant’s history of mental illness, and whether a defendant could be successfully treated in the community.  It also aims to reverse recent negative trends, incentivize the most effective treatment practices, transfer cost-savings to community mental health services, and improve long-term public safety. Click here to learn more.

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