National Center for Youth Law

Legislation Strategies

Fostering Success Fund - California Budget

A 2017 San Francisco Chronicle investigation revealed that California shelters were funneling hundreds of foster children, some as young as

Youth Reinvestment Fund - California Budget

In 2016, more than 40,000 California youth were arrested or cited by law enforcement officers for misdemeanor and status offenses.

Training Law Enforcement to Protect Sexually Exploited Children - AB 2992 (Daly)

In 2014, California enacted SB 855, clarifying that a child who is sexually trafficked is a victim of child abuse.

Keeping 14 and 15 Year Olds Out of the Adult Criminal Justice System - SB 1391 (Lara)

Twenty-four years ago, California changed its laws to allow the prosecution of 14 and 15-year-olds in adult criminal court. This

Keep Kids in School Act - SB 607

California issues more suspensions than high school diplomas each year. Some schools suspend more than one out of every four

Protecting Foster Youth From Abuse - AB 2323 (Rubio)

Findings by the Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General (OIG) reveal California has done a

Keeping Younger Children out of the Juvenile Court System - SB 439

Numerous scientific studies, court decisions and experience have demonstrated that children are less culpable than adults for the same acts,

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

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