National Center for Youth Law

Legislation Strategies

Improving FAFSA Completion for Youth in Foster Care (2020) - SB 860 (Beall)

California’s SB 860 advances education equity for youth in foster care by improving coordination to support them with completing Free

Miranda Rights for Youth (2020) - SB 203 (Bradford)

In 2017, California passed SB 395, a law that prohibits police from interrogating youth under age 16 until the youth

Confidentiality and Sealing of Police Diversion Records (2020) - AB 2425 (Stone)

As recent reforms have expanded diversion programs throughout California and increased youth’s access to services and supports outside of the

Eliminating Harmful Voluntary Probation (2020) - AB 901 (Gipson)

Numerous studies have shown that probation involvement – including excessive supervision and services for youth who have not been charged

Closing California’s State Youth Prisons (2020) - SB 823 / AB 1868

In 2020, California enacted SB 823 / AB 1868, which phases the closure of California’s Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ)

Limiting the Time Youth Spend on Probation in California (2020) - SB 1134 (Beall)

Adolescent years are critical to growth and development. Young people who are on probation deserve a chance to meaningfully demonstrate

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

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