The CRISES Act would fund emergency response programs that are not handled by police. Governor Newsom blocked the bill last year, but now advocates are pushing for a redo.
Piper French Feb 17, 2021
Gascón is battling a lawsuit, filed by his own line prosecutors and backed by the state DA association, against his criminal justice reforms.
Jerry Iannelli Feb 16, 2021
The measure may pave the way for more sheriff candidates who want to challenge mass incarceration, but are currently banned from running.
Katie Jane Fernelius Feb 01, 2021
Proposition 25 would replace the current system with an even more punitive one, some criminal justice reform groups say.
Lauren Lee White Oct 21, 2020
The state has not had a justice with experience as a public defender since the mid-1980s.
Kyle C. Barry Oct 09, 2020
California just made it harder for prosecutors to exclude Black people from jury trials, amid broader reforms against racial discrimination in courtrooms.
Kyle C. Barry Sep 30, 2020
Prosecutors across the country are rethinking their membership in professional organizations that oppose a meaningful reform agenda.
Jay Willis Sep 15, 2020
“We’re at a watershed moment for criminal justice reform,” Patrisse Cullors, a co-founder of Black Lives Matter, said about Measure R and LA’s upcoming DA election.
Daniel Nichanian Feb 28, 2020
California’s DA association responded to a critic in a letter signed by nearly all prosecutors. But this may only exacerbate worries about DAs’ tendency to talk in a single political voice.
Daniel Nichanian Feb 14, 2020
Rossi rules out seeking the death penalty or prosecuting sex work. “Oftentimes justice may mean a restorative outcome. Oftentimes justice may mean never filing a case,” she said in a Q&A.
Daniel Nichanian Jan 16, 2020
“The problem is that LA County has come to a place where they use the most expensive and the most intrusive tools of the criminal justice system to deal with every behavior,” Gascón said in a Q&A.
Daniel Nichanian Jan 09, 2020
New laws signed by Governor Newsom target private prisons, and fines and fees, the power of DAs, and more.
Daniel Nichanian Sep 19, 2019
Checking-in on the politics of prosecutors: A Vermont state’s attorney makes waves, and California and Florida prosecutors plan on dismissing more drug charges
Daniel Nichanian Aug 22, 2019
Police transparency, marijuana expungement, and more: Jerry Brown signed a series of reforms that just went into effect, but their implementation hinge in part on local officials.
Daniel Nichanian Jan 17, 2019
Fines and fees are one of the many ways in which the criminal legal system places the heaviest burden on communities of color.
Vaidya Gullapalli Nov 26, 2018
Los Angeles holds rare runoff for sheriff in a department rocked by scandals Daniel Nichanian Numerous scandals have hit the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department this year. In September, The Appeal reported about mounting allegations of abuse by the department’s deputies. In early October, the Los Angeles Times published an investigation into racial profiling that found that 69 percent of […]
Daniel Nichanian Nov 01, 2018
Will Orange County continue circumventing California’s ‘sanctuary state’ law?
Daniel Nichanian Oct 10, 2018
California adopted a wave of criminal reform legislation on Sept. 2018. Some takeaways.
Daniel Nichanian Oct 04, 2018
California reformed its “felony murder” rules, and also adopted two laws to make it easier to review past sentences.
Daniel Nichanian Oct 04, 2018
Candidates disagree on the county’s cooperation with ICE and on the treatment of young defendants.
Daniel Nichanian Sep 20, 2018