Police Accountability Bill Co-Sponsored By San Francisco DA Boudin Signed Into LawCalifornia Gov. Gavin Newsom late Monday signed into law Assembly Bill 127, which aims to increase accountability for police officers involved in misconduct or unlawful shootings.
California State Senate Approves Taking Badges From Bad OfficersCalifornia lawmakers on Wednesday advanced three criminal justice reform bills, including one that could end the careers of bad apple police officers, an idea that failed last year despite broad public outrage over the police killing of George Floyd.
Bay Area Lawmaker's Proposal Seeks To Change Police Interrogation MethodsSen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, introduced a new piece of legislation on Thursday to push for more ethical interrogation practices in California law enforcement training.
Bay Area Lawmaker Seeks To Decriminalize Jaywalking, Says Citations Disproportionately Issued To People Of ColorA Bay Area lawmaker is seeking to decriminalize jaywalking in California, saying such citations are disproportionately issued to people of color and have led to life-threatening encounters with law enforcement.
California Judges Must Weigh Ability To Pay Bail, State Supreme Court RulesThe California Supreme Court ruled Thursday that judges must consider suspects’ ability to pay when they set bail, essentially requiring that indigent defendants be freed unless they are deemed too dangerous to be released awaiting trial.
Oakland Looks At New Fire Department Division To Respond To Mental Health Calls Instead Of PoliceSoon, civilians with the Oakland Fire Department may respond to mental health crises instead of police.
California Votes To Keep Criminal Justice ChangesCalifornia has upheld several criminal justice changes, endorsing recent efforts to ease mass incarceration by reducing penalties and allowing for earlier releases. Voters also appeared likely to maintain the state’s current cash bail system as a majority opted for the status quo on both criminal justice ballot measures.
New California Law Aims To Diversify Juries, Adds Tax Filers To Pool Of Potential JurorsCalifornia is expanding the pool of prospective jurors beyond those with driver's licenses and the voter rolls, under new legislation signed into law by Gov. Gavin Newsom.
California To Ease Mandatory Sentences, Ban Facial Recognition On Police Body CamerasCalifornia will soon end some mandatory sentences, make it easier to expunge old criminal records, bar charging inmates for medical care and ban police from using facial recognition software on body cameras.
California Lawmaker Seeks To Expand DNA Gathering, Restrict Early ParoleThe measure would roll back criminal justice reforms implemented through voter-backed Proposition 47 in 2014 and Proposition 57 in 2016.