California has been at the forefront of criminal law reform, particularly when it comes to reforming laws and improving the lives of those who have served time for past crimes. Recently the state legislature passed dozens of bills that expanded and made changes to procedures and policies to improve public safety by reducing recidivism rates among ex-offenders. Below we discuss 3 new 2023 California criminal laws you should know about.
News about Criminal Law from around the San Francisco Bay Area, Alameda County, in the State of California, and on a Federal level.
2023 is a great year of positive steps towards prison reform and anti-recidivism in criminal law and we have put together a definitive list of new 2023 California criminal laws you should know about! Many criminal laws have been newly effectuated or slated to take effect that show hope and promise toward a better criminal justice system that humanizes those who are incarcerated or facing incarceration. Below is a complete list of these new 2023 California criminal laws and brief descriptions of what they are about.
The Supreme Court banned non-unanimous jury verdicts for criminal cases in a recent Supreme Court decision. California already requires unanimous jury verdicts in criminal cases, so the decision applies to the remaining two states that allow non-unanimous jury verdicts.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, bail will be waived in California Courts temporarily for those arrested and charged with low-level offenses.