Eighteen new crime-related laws have been signed by the governor.
- AB 256 by Assemblymember Ash Kalra (D-San Jose) – Criminal procedure: discrimination
- Makes the California Racial Justice Act of 2020 retroactive to 2020. The CRJA prohibits the state from obtaining a conviction or sentence on the basis of race, ethnicity or national origin. Now, petitions can be filed to dismiss older cases. “Given our state’s troubled history of prosecuting and incarcerating people of color at much higher rates than the general population, it is imperative that we afford a mechanism for retroactive relief so our criminal justice system can begin to reckon with systemic racism and correct past injustices,” Kalra said in a report.
- Passed the