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.