State Senate Approves, Advances To Assembly, SB 81 That Would Limit Judges Statewide In Applying Sentencing Enhancements For Certain Crimes; It's Similar To LA DA Gascón's Policies
LB State Senators Gonzalez Voted "Yes," State Senator Umberg "No Vote Recorded"
|(May 28, 2021, 7:05 p.m.) -- Following up on a story reported in March by LBREPORT.com, a Sacramento bill that would strike sentencing enhancements for those found guilty of certain serious crimes (echoing policies similar to those supported by LA County DA George Gascón) has cleared the state Senate and heads to the Assembly.
SB 81 by state Senator Nancy Skinner (D, Berkeley) passed on a 27-9-4 vote. It would restrict grounds on which judges can apply certain sentencing enhancements as detailed below.
State Senator Lena Gonzalez (D, LB-SE LA County) voted "yes." State Senator Tom Umberg (D, SE LB-west OC) was "no vote recorded."
[Salient SB 81 text]
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The State Senate floor Legislative Analysis lists supporters/opponents as follows below:
<SUPPORT: (Verified 5/20/21)
California Attorneys for Criminal Justice (co-source) Californians for Safety and Justice (co-source) A New Way of Life Reentry Project American Civil Liberties Union of California Asian Solidarity Collective Bend the Arc: Jewish Action California Catholic Conference California Public Defenders Association California Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism Communities United for Restorative Youth Justice Community Advocates for Just and Moral Governance Democrats of Rossmoor Drug Policy Alliance Ella Baker Center for Human Rights Fresno Barrios Unidos Friends Committee on Legislation of California Initiate Justice Legal Services for Prisoners with Children Pillars of the Community Prosecutors Alliance of California Re:store Justice Rubicon Programs San Francisco Public Defender Showing Up for Racial Justice - Bay Area Showing Up for Racial Justice - North County Showing Up for Racial Justice - San Diego Smart Justice California Team Justice Think Dignity Time for Change Foundation We the People – San Diego
OPPOSITION: (Verified 5/25/21)
California District Attorneys Association California Narcotic Officers' Association California Police Chiefs Association California State Sheriffs' Association Peace Officers Research Association of California San Diego County District Attorney's Office
Arguments pro/con as listed in the Senate floor Legislative Analysis:
ARGUMENTS IN SUPPORT: According to Smart Justice California:
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