SB 395 - Protect Youth’s Constitutional Rights Against Coercive Interrogation (2017)
Currently in California, children—no matter how young— can waive their Miranda rights. Studies have demonstrated youth often do not fully comprehend the meaning and consequences of waiving their Miranda rights. They are much more likely than adults to waive their rights and to confess to crimes they did not commit.
Senate Bill 395, by Senator Ricardo Lara, will help to preserve youth’s constitutional rights and protect the integrity of our criminal justice system by requiring youth under the age of 15 to consult with legal counsel before they waive their Miranda rights.
Update: This bill was signed into law by the Governor and will take effect January 1, 2018.