Youth Justice

Protecting Miranda Rights for Youth (2017)

SB 395 (Lara)

Before 2017, children in California, no matter how young, could waive their Miranda rights whether they understood them or not. Senate Bill 395 (Lara) requires youth under 16 to consult with counsel prior to waiving their rights during a custodial interrogation. This bill, and its protections, were set to expire in 2025; in coalition, in 2020, NCYL successfully passed a bill that granted them permanently extended 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.