Over the weekend, governor Jerry Brown signed into law a plethora of bills that are now being sorted out by legislative analysts.
Many reduce penalties for crimes committed in the state, while others increase scrutiny of law enforcement. For instance, one new law automatically erases or reduces marijuana related convictions now that pot is legal in the state. That will impact about 220,000 Californians.
Another bars prosecutors from trying 14 and 15-year-olds as adults. Research has shown that gangs increasingly use younger members to commit violent crimes because they do not face serious penalties.
Another bill removes those 11 and under from juvenile court unless they are accused of murder or certain violent sex crimes.
Another allows nonviolent offenders between 18 and 25 to serve sentences in juvenile facilities and eventually have their charges dismissed.
The governor also approved two laws that increase scrutiny of police. One allows public access to internal investigations when officers use force causing death or serious injury. The other releases audio or video recording of serious use of force within 45 days unless the release interferes with an investigation.