Two California bills would reform sentencing enhancements, define petty theft more clearly

February 10, 2021

A California senator announced on Tuesday two criminal justice reform bills as part of a state panel recommendation to reform aspects of the criminal justice system. 

The state panel, which is made up of current and former lawmakers, judges and academics and is headed by Michael Romano, who directs the Stanford Three Strikes Project, made eight other recommendations, including death row considerations and addressing racial and economic disparities in traffic tickets. 

Because of those recommendations, Sen. Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) introduced SB 81, which would create a set of guidelines for courts so that sentence enhancements would no longer be applied to nonviolent offenses unless a judge determines that they are necessary to protect public safety.

 

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