California Legislature


Billing Parents for Their Children’s Foster Care? One California Lawmaker Says No

California parents fighting to reunify with their kids in foster care face an arduous path. They must appear at numerous court hearings, complete hours of classes, and attend all scheduled visitations — often while finding housing, separating from abusive partners and kicking drug habits.

Legislative Roundup — California Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice Bills Head to the Governor


California Juvenile Justice Bills Head to Governor’s Desk

California Gov. Gavin Newsom will soon decide on a sweeping plan to curtail the use of probation supervision, a new bill of rights for youth in juvenile detention and limits on how police can interrogate minors.


California Lawmaker Has an Edge on His Colleagues: His Child Welfare Experience

Los Angeles Assemblymember Isaac Bryan has emerged as a leader on child welfare issues in Sacramento.

Isaac Bryan spoke about his bills at a rally to reform the child welfare system outside the Capitol Building in Sacramento on May 11.


California Invests in Higher Education in Prisons and Juvenile Halls

California Assembly Bill 417 would expand college opportunities for people who are currently or formerly incarcerated, if signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom.

More Housing Will Soon Open Up for L.A. Former Foster Youth


L.A. County Moves to Reduce Hidden Costs of Incarceration

Following impassioned testimony from more than a dozen advocates for incarcerated people and their families, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to come up with a plan that would ban expensive collect calls and markups on commissary items in jails and juvenile detention facilities.


In Historic Move, California Shutters Its Once-Notorious Youth Prison System

With coffers strained by a recession and under pressure to reform deeply flawed criminal justice systems, California Gov. Gavin Newsom shut down a prison system that once held more than 10,000 youth under often-inhumane conditions.


    California Juvenile Justice Bills Sent to Gov. Gavin Newsom’s Desk

    Assembly Bill 901 would prevent probation officers in California from working with youth in voluntary probation programs that include contracts or mandatory conditions. Photo courtesy of SBX Youth and Family Services.


    California Lawmakers Pass Pandemic Protections for Foster Youth

    Senate Bill 912 aims to ensure former foster youth like Joseph, 23, don’t lose housing benefits and caseworker support while the state is weathering a crisis like the COVID-19 pandemic. Photo: Max Whittaker
    They are among California’s most economically vulnerable young people as COVID-19 cases in the state surpassed a staggering 700,000, tens of thousands of evictions loom and the number of unemployed soars past 2.5 million. 


    California Judges Concerned About Quick Pace of Governor’s Plan to Close Youth Prisons

    Friday is the deadline for California Gov. Gavin Newsom and the state Legislature to reach a deal on how to close the state’s youth prison system. Photo courtesy of Calamari Productions
    As a Friday deadline looms to decide whether California should shut down its long-notorious youth prison system next year, some fear that without safeguards, hundreds of juvenile offenders will be sent to the adult criminal system, where they face longer sentences, more violence and poorer prospects.