Sept. 13, 2017: ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER - Lawmakers act to ease crime penalties

September 13, 2017

Democrats who control California’s Legislature are continuing their efforts to ease criminal penalties, including voting to end a punishment critics call a relic from the nation’s failed war on drugs.

The Assembly on Tuesday gave final approval to a bill that would eliminate allowing judges to impose an additional three-year sentence on repeat drug offenders.

Democratic Sen. Holly Mitchell of Los Angeles, who co-authored SB180, says officials should concentrate on prevention and rehabilitation.

The Assembly also approved a bill allowing juvenile offenders to ask a judge to seal records of crimes committed before turning 17, sending it to the Senate.