Thank you for raising your voice and making a difference. After hundreds of phone calls and advocacy from partners and allies like you, Senate Bill 1052—a bill that requires youth under the age of 18 to consult with legal counsel before they give up their constitutional Miranda rights—passed both houses of the California Legislature!
There’s only one more step needed to establish a critical safeguard for our youth: the Governor’s signature. Will you speak up to urge Governor Brown to sign SB 1052 into law?
Link to bill: https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billTextClient.xhtml?bill_id=201520160SB1052
SB 1052, as amended, Lara. Custodial interrogation: juveniles.
Existing law authorizes a peace officer to take a minor into temporary custody when that officer has reasonable cause to believe that the minor has committed a crime or violated an order of the juvenile court. In these circumstances, existing law requires the peace officer to advise the minor that anything he or she says can be used against him or her, that he or she has the right to remain silent, that he or she has a right to have counsel present during any interrogation, and that he or she has a right to have counsel appointed if he or she is unable to afford counsel.~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Currently in California, children—no matter how young— can waive their Miranda rights without truly understanding them. Research demonstrates that young people often don’t comprehend the meaning of Miranda rights like the right against self-incrimination and the right to an attorney.
Youth are also much more likely than adults to waive their Miranda rights and confess to crimes they did not commit. (Note: Actually MANY adults are not aware of their Miranda rights; and rights to privacy.)
- A recent study of
exonerations found that 42 percent of youth had falsely confessed,
compared to 13 percent of adults. To learn more about the urgent need
for SB 1052,
watch this powerful video.>>>
" You Have the Right to Remain Silent – California Bill Strengthens Miranda for Kids"
Ensuring that youth understand their rights protects our youth and the integrity of our juvenile justice system. Urge Governor Brown to sign SB 1052 into law with a personal letter.
- Learn more about your Miranda Rights and your Right to Privacy>>> Our Miranda Page~Show me the Law
May you find Strength in Your Higher Power,GranPa Chuck