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  • Second District Applies J.D.B.’s “Reasonable Child” to Miranda Invocation

    Art T, B251083, holds: 13-year-old boy’s statement—“Could I have an attorney? Because that’s not me”—made during the course of a custodial interrogation after watching a video of a shooting was an unequivocal and unambiguous
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  • New Published Decision By First District Court of Appeal On Out-Of-State Placement

    In Khalid B., A140708, a published decision, the First District found the juvenile court abused its discretion by imposing an out-of-state placement because there was no substantial evidence in-state facilities were unavailable or inadequate to meet child’s
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  • Gov. Brown Signs Legislation to Help Foster Children in the Juvenile Justice System

    On Friday, September 26, 2014, Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 2607 into law.  This legislation, introduced by Assemblymember Nancy Skinner, provides additional protection to foster youth who “cross over” into the juvenile justice system.  AB 2607 provides that foster children must never receive more punitive treatment than other minors in the delinquency system by being held in juvenile detention beyond the time when they should be released.  AB 2607 prohibits a county from detaining a dual-status minor in juvenile hall beyond the completion of any period of confinement imposed by the court.  If additional court hearings and team discussions are needed to discuss the minor’s long-term placement, those hearings and meetings should occur after the minor has been released from juvenile hall.

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  • Gov. Brown Signs PJDC-Supported Bill to Help Young Prisoners

    On September 27, 2014, Governor Brown signed into law AB 1276.  The new law will require the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to conduct committee-based, specialized review of each person under age 22 entering prison to consider placing them at a lower security level facility with increased access to educational and self-help programs.

    This legislation will dramatically change the lives of thousands of young people entering prison. Approximately 4,800 people under age 22 are admitted to California prisons each year. Under current practice, many are routinely sent to the maximum security prison units, known as “Level IV yards,” by virtue of their age alone.  That practice ignores what science and law have increasingly affirmed: this is a critical period of brain and personal development.  
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  • California is one of four sites nationally invited to participate in the MacArthur Foundation's Juvenile Indigent Defense Action Network, part of the Foundation's Models for Change initiative. The multi-year effort is designed to strengthen and enhance juvenile indigent defense systems around the country. California's work is centered in the Pacific Juvenile Defender Center.