SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — An advisory committee to Gov. Gavin Newsom says California should allow all but death row inmates and those serving life-without-parole to request lighter sentences after serving at least 15 years.
It’s part of the group’s recommendations for a dramatic overhaul of the state’s sentencing laws.
In a report released Tuesday the panel said the state should limit sentencing enhancements that are imposed with “extreme racial disparities.” For instance, 99% of those given a gang enhancement in Los Angeles County are people of color.
Committee chairman Michael Romano told The Associated Press that if all 10 recommendations were adopted “they would impact almost every area of California’s criminal legal system.”