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September 30, 2016
Thanks to your advocacy and support, we have three big legislative wins to celebrate in our campaign to level the playing field for California’s children! Last month, three bills co-sponsored by the Children’s Defense Fund-California to improve outcomes for children and youth were signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown.
As a result of our collective work with partners and policymakers, we have ended long-term isolation of youth in California’s juvenile facilities and ended the criminalization of youth for riding transit without fare. We also improved access to afterschool programs for California’s neediest children by providing homeless and foster youth with priority access to state-funded afterschool programs and waiving their program fees.
While we are disappointed with Governor Brown’s decision to veto SB 1052 – a bill requiring that youth under the age of 18 consult with legal counsel before giving up their constitutional Miranda rights – we are heartened by his statement expressing strong interest in working with advocates in the coming year to produce a bill that protects our youth, their constitutional rights, public safety, and the integrity of our juvenile justice system.
We hope that you continue to support our efforts as we fight to ensure a level playing field for all California children. Be a part of the change, help us make a difference