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Peace Officers’ Transparency and Accountability Improved By The Passage of SB-16

Published: Apr 18, 2022

Until recently, California law has kept police personnel records mostly confidential. The general rule under Penal Code section 832.7 was that peace officer personnel records were confidential and were not subject to disclosure. However, because of the...

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Police Transparency Laws SB-1421 from 2019, and SB-16

Published: Mar 28, 2022

Transparency in civic policing is critical for making sure that laws are enforced in a way that is admissible by the citizens. Secrecy in policy enforcement leads to illegal acts and the assumption, shared by both community and law enforcement so often,...

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What is SB 567 in Sacramento?

Published: Mar 28, 2022

Finding true justice in California has been a problem for a long time, with racism, injustice, and inequality penetrating the criminal justice system denying defendants liberty void of fairness. For years now, courts have been sentencing defendants to...

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How AB 1950 Can Help Shorten Your Probationary Period in California

Published: Feb 23, 2022

When you are found guilty by a California court for a criminal offense, and the judge imposes probation, you can view it as a way of serving your criminal sentence without actual jail or prison time. However, the reality is that the burden associated...

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What is SB 81 in California?

Published: Feb 23, 2022

California penal code permits judges to add sentence enhancement to criminal charges. A sentence enhancement is not a fact of the crime. Instead, it is a circumstance that enhances the penalties. For instance, using a gun to commit a violent felony...

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AB 1950 New Law Reduces Length of Probationary Periods

Published: Aug 30, 2021

In September 2020, a new law went into effect that considerably shortened the period of probation for most crimes. Prior to AB 1950 most misdemeanors carried probation periods of 3-5 years, and most felonies had probationary periods for 5 years.  AB ...

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