California eases mandatory sentences, restricts body cameras

California eases mandatory sentences, restricts body camerasCalifornia will soon end some mandatory sentences, make it easier to expunge old criminal records, bar charging inmates for medical care and ban police from using facial recognition software on body cameras under more than two dozen criminal justice bills that freshman Gov. Gavin Newsom announced signing into law late Tuesday. The measures continue the state’s march away from get-tough measures that once clogged California prisons, prompting a federal court-ordered population cap. Among the measures are two that remove mandatory sentences.



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