California eases crime penalties, boosts scrutiny of police

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California is continuing a years-long easing of criminal penalties even as it increases public scrutiny of law enforcement.

Termed-out Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill redefining the state’s felony murder rule that held accomplices to the same standard as if they had personally killed someone.

Brown also barred 14- and 15-year-olds from being tried as adults.

They were among the last bills Brown acted on as governor.

Other bills remove people age 11 and younger from juvenile court jurisdiction entirely and give judges discretion whether to impose what were mandatory five-year additional prison sentences for repeat serious offenders.

Another bill would expunge old criminal convictions for marijuana-related offenses that are no longer illegal.

Two bills make police records and videotapes public after fatal shootings.

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