National Center for Youth Law

Legislation Strategies

Youth Reinvestment Grant (2019) - California Budget

California took meaningful action in 2018 to affirm the idea that youth need care, not cages by committing  a one-time

Fostering Success Fund (2019) - California Budget

In 2018, California took a major step towards addressing the criminalization of foster youth for minor behaviors and low-level offenses

Protecting Foster Youth from Abuse and Neglect (2019) - AB 395 (Rubio)

This is a continuing effort to address the troubling findings by the Department of Health and Human Services Office of

Pilot Office of Youth Development and Diversion - SB 433 (Monning)

This California legislation and accompanying $10 million budget request would create local county pilot offices of youth development and diversion

Fostering Success Fund (2018) - 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 (2018) - 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

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