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Assembly Bill 1196 and Senate Bill 203 have been signed into law placing a permanent ban on police chokeholds and guaranteeing the legal rights for youth in police custody. 

Sacramento, California (September 30, 2020) – Top criminal justice reformers at #cut50, a program of Dream Corps, continue their growing movement to reform the justice system thanks to the thoughtful and courageous leadership of California Governor Gavin Newsom. 

Yesterday, Governor Newsom signed Assembly Bill 1196 into law, placing an end to the life threatening chokeholds and carotid restraints performed by law enforcement. AB1196 will help to restore communities impacted by police violence and set clear pathways to rebuild public safety and trust. 

The carotid restraint is one of the most commonly used strangleholds among law enforcement officers that has at times, lethal repercussions. From Eric Garner to George Floyd, too many lives have been lost to this violent tactic. 

Gov. Newsom has also signed Senate Bill 203 into law. The legislation will ensure that Miranda Rights are guaranteed for youth and that no minor will be interrogated by law enforcement without a guardian or attorney present. These changes will put an end to the coercive tactics often performed by police questioning youth during interrogations. SB 203 will provide minors with information about their rights prior to waving them. This law will ensure the protection of youth in police custody and create a pathway to ending the inhumane practice of placing minors in jails and prisons. 

While legislation alone will not heal the wounds these tragic deaths have caused, prohibiting

the use of chokeholds and carotid restraints by law enforcement will create uniformity across

the state and ensure that it will no longer be applied to Californians. In a recent poll compiled by #cut50 and Justice Action Network, we learned that the majority of Americans support broad reforms to policing, our justice system and gained insight that voters are more likely to support candidates that commit to create a more equitable system for us all. 

We commend Gov. Newsom on his commitment to ensuring public safety and urge leaders throughout the country to adopt similar policies to keep their communities safe.

Louis L. Reed, #cut50 Director of Organizing said, “This bill in California has the potential to encourage states and governors to adopt similar policies and practices to put an end to unnecessary and oftentimes, life threatening tactics performed by law enforcement.  I’m encouraged to see these changes but know that this is a small step in the changes that must be made. Too many lives are being lost to police violence. From Eric Garner to George Floyd to Breonna Taylor to Tamir Rice to Trayvon Martin to Oscar Grant to Elijah McClain…we can do better and this is a necessary step in the right direction.  The majority of Americans support broad reforms to policing and these laws will help us achieve true reform and accountability.”

About #cut50

#cut50,­ a program of Dream Corps­, is a national bipartisan effort to reduce the number of people in our prisons and jails while making our communities safer. Our campaigns are led by people who have been directly impacted by the justice system and want to create change.

About Dream Corps:

Dream Corps closes prison doors and opens doors of opportunity. We bring people together across racial, social, and partisan lines to create a future with freedom and dignity for all. We are working to build a future where “we the people” means all of us.