S.F. Chronicle: Newsom signs new laws to ease California's strict criminal sentencing system

[AB] 333 by Sen. Sydney Kamlager, D-Los Angeles, will require prosecutors to obtain a conviction before seeking to provide gang participation, a mandate that prosecutors said would make it harder for them to get gang-related convictions and longer sentences.

The current system of lengthy sentence enhancements "has contributed to California's mass-incarceration crisis," said California Attorneys for Criminal Justice, a defense lawyers' group that supported the bills.

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