AB 2417 – Creating a Youth Bill of Rights for Incarcerated Youth

What is this bill about?

AB 2417 provides incarcerated youth with a Youth Bill of Rights, ensuring that they understand their basic human rights that already exist in law, and that they know how to reach the right contact person if something is wrong 

How does it align with yli’s values?

Black, Brown, and Indigenous young people – our youth – bear the brunt of our state’s harmful youth “justice” system. This system is not “broken” – from its inception, it was built to cage and criminalize youth of color.

While we work towards dismantling these systems, we want to make sure that youth who are currently incarcerated are knowledgeable about their rights. yli youth in Marin and Fresno have worked directly on the issue of juvenile detention, successfully advocating to pass key local and statewide policies to reduce or eliminate juvenile fees. Marin’s Social Host Ordinance established a restorative justice process for youth as an alternative to incarceration, and Fresno’s Boys & Men of Color launched a campaign to ensure that SB 190 – a California law that repeals a slew of fees like registration, drug testing, legal representation, housing, ankle monitors, among other – was enforced in Fresno County.

What is yli doing about it?

We have just signed this letter of endorsement, and we are voicing our support on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn.

Who else supports this request?

  • Anti-Recidivism Coalition (Co-Sponsor)
  • California Youth Connection (Co-Sponsor)
  • Equity California (Co-Sponsor)
  • Human Rights Watch (Co-Sponsor)
  • National Center for Youth Law (Co-Sponsor)
  • Pacific Juvenile Defender Center (Co-Sponsor)
  • W. Haywood Burns Institute (Co-Sponsor)
  • Young Women’s Freedom Center (Co-Sponsor)
  • California Public Defenders Association 

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