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

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

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.

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

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

School Navigators for System Involved Students - HB 411

Students in foster care and those involved in the juvenile justice system need ongoing, on-the-ground support to ensure they have

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