The Decriminalizing Artistic Expression Act, AB 2799: California Gov. Gavin Newsom signs bill limiting the use of rap lyrics as evidence in criminal proceedings.

“Today, we celebrate an important victory for music creators in the state of California. Silencing any genre or form of artistic expression is a violation of all music people. The history that’s been made in California today will help pave the way forward in the fight to protect creative freedom nationwide,” Harvey Mason Jr., CEO of the Recording Academy, said in a statement on Friday.

SB 317- PC 4019 Sentence Reduction Credits for time in “1368” treatment

Justice is one of the most important principles of our legal system. It ensures that people are treated fairly and that they receive the consequences or punishments that they deserve. Unfortunately, the justice system is not perfect, and sometimes people who are mentally ill or suffering from addiction can fall through the cracks. That is […]

New Los Angeles DA George Gascon to eliminate cash bail, won’t seek the death penalty

From:,bail%20and%20the%20death%20penalty LOS ANGELES (KABC) — George Gascón was sworn in Monday as the 43rd Los Angeles County district attorney, announcing sweeping changes to the nation’s largest local prosecutor’s office, including shifts away from cash bail and the death penalty. “We will be the largest office in the nation to eliminate cash bail,” said Gascón. […]


Though less serious than a felony, a misdemeanor conviction in California can still result in a jail sentence of up to one year. Unlike many states, punishment for a misdemeanor conviction in California is determined on a crime-by-crime basis. Decisions regarding the statute of limitations are also made on a crime-by-crime basis. Where no specific sentencing statute exists, punishment can be up to six months in jail and up to a $1,000 fine.