Sacramento, Calif., (October 11, 2017) – The California Endowment released the following statement today commending Governor Brown and the California legislature for reaffirming our state’s leadership on juvenile justice reform and signing two important bills into law, SB 394 (Parole for Juveniles) and SB 395 (Miranda Rights). Both measures were part of the six-bill #EquityAndJustice reform package authored by Senators Ricardo Lara and Holly J. Mitchell.
“The bills signed today by Governor Brown keep California firmly on a path toward investing in our youth and creating real community safety. Slowly but surely, California is shifting away from a culture of punishment and toward a culture of prevention, rehabilitation, and health,” said Daniel Zingale, Senior Vice President of The California Endowment. “This is exactly the kind of change Californians envisioned when they gathered more than 20,000-strong on the Capitol Mall last month for #SchoolsNotPrisons #Imagine Justice with Common and friends for an unforgettable night of music, art, activism.”
- SB 394 brings California in line with recent Supreme Court decisions, including Montgomery v. Louisiana, which bars sentences of life without the possibility of parole for juvenile offenders.
- SB 395 extends Miranda rights for young people and requires legal consultation before waiving Miranda
“Both bills recognize that young people are fundamentally different from adults, and that they have the capacity to change,” Zingale added. “These important measures work to give our youth the opportunity to live up to their full potential and become contributing members of our communities, ultimately making our state safer, healthier and more equitable.”
About The California Endowment
The California Endowment, a private, statewide health foundation, was established in 1996 to expand access to, quality health care for underserved individuals and communities, and to promote fundamental affordable improvements in the health status of all Californians. Headquartered in downtown Los Angeles, The Endowment has regional offices in Sacramento, Oakland, Fresno and San Diego, with program staff working throughout the state. The Endowment challenges the conventional wisdom that medical settings and individual choices are solely responsible for people’s health. Through its ‘Health Happens Here’ campaign and ten-year initiative for Building Healthy Communities, The Endowment is creating places where children are healthy, safe and ready to learn. At its core, The Endowment believes that health happens in neighborhoods, schools, and with prevention. For more information, visit The California Endowment’s homepage at www.calendow.org