National Center for Youth Law

STRATEGIES

Protecting Miranda Rights for Youth
SB 395

Currently, children in California, no matter how young, can waive their Miranda rights whether they understand them or not. Senate Bill 395 (Lara) will require youth under 18 to consult with counsel prior to waiving their rights during a custodial interrogation. By ensuring youth understand their rights, we ensure the outcomes of interrogations are just and lawful, and create greater trust, accountability, and due process for all.