By Steve Milne, Capital Public Radio, December 20, 2019
One of the last pieces of legislation from former California Gov. Jerry Brown’s final year in office would end the prosecution of pre-teens who commit crimes, other than murder and forcible sexual assault.
Right now, California has no minimum age for sending children to juvenile hall. Beginning in the new year, counties will no longer be allowed to process kids under 12 years old through the juvenile justice system.
Instead, they will have to set up the least restrictive alternatives, which could include existing programs at hospitals and schools.