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