California State Legislature
|Bill Title||Juveniles: fitness for juvenile court.|
|Hispanic Sponsors||CA Sen. Holly Mitchell (D-CA-030); CA Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-CA-033)|
|NHCSL Task Force||
Law and Criminal Justice
|Primary Issue Area||Law|
|Session||2017-2018 Regular Session|
Existing law, the Public Safety and Rehabilitation Act of 2016, as enacted by Proposition 57 at the November 8, 2016, statewide general election, allows the district attorney to make a motion to transfer a minor from juvenile court to a court of criminal jurisdiction in a case in which a minor is alleged to have committed a felony when he or she was 16 years of age or older or in a case in which a specified serious offense is alleged to have been committed by a minor when he or she was 14 or 15 years of age. The existing Public Safety and Rehabilitation Act of 2016 may be amended by a majority vote of the members of each house of the Legislature if the amendments are consistent with and further the intent of the act. This bill would repeal the authority of a district attorney to make a motion to transfer a minor from juvenile court to a court of criminal jurisdiction in a case in which a minor is alleged to have committed a specified serious offense when he or she was 14 or 15 years of age, unless the individual was not apprehended prior to the end of juvenile court jurisdiction, thereby amending Proposition 57. By increasing the number of minors retained under the jurisdiction of the juvenile court, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program. The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement. This bill would provide that, if the Commission on State Mandates determines that the bill contains costs mandated by the state, reimbursement for those costs shall be made pursuant to the statutory provisions noted above. This bill would declare that its provisions are consistent with and further the intent of Proposition 57.