Fighting against COVID-19 in prisons and jails with decarceration and improvements in health care won’t just control outbreaks, it is also fighting racism. Put simply, during a worldwide pandemic of historic proportions, police, prosecutors, judges and parole officers can’t conduct business as usual.
A Sutter County judge on Monday prohibited Gov. Gavin Newsom from issuing executive orders that amend existing laws or create new ones, escalating a battle with a pair of Republican legislators who argue the governor has abused his authority during the coronavirus pandemic.
Amid divisions among criminal justice reformers, voters have rejected a ballot measure to end cash bail in California, but the state’s highest court will probably have the final word.