When Do SB 1437 Changes to Felony Murder Rule Start?

Felony Murder Rule Relaxed by Senate Bill 1437 On September 30, 2018, Governor Brown signed Senate Bill 1437 into law. SB 1437 relaxed the felony murder rule. Beginning January 1, 2019, a participant in a felony is guilty of felony murder only if he or she: Was the actual killer, …

Assembly Bill 1511 – Bringing Back Property Crime Enhancements

***As of September 29, 2018, Assembly Bill 1511 is awaiting decision by Governor Brown.*** Assembly Bill 1511 Assembly Bill 1511 would impose sentencing enhancements for property damage. It replaces former Penal Code Section 12022.6, which expired on January 1, 2018. Assembly Bill 1511 also allows the legislature to adjust for …

Senate Bill 1142 – Changing How Jails Release Inmates

Senate Bill 1142 Senate Bill 1142, also known as “The Getting Home Safe Act,” would change how inmates are released from county jail. Changes Proposed by Senate Bill 1142 First, sheriffs would release inmates between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. If inmates are not released during that time, they could …

Senate Bill 1437 – Eliminating Felony Murder in California

Senate Bill 1437 Senate Bill 1437 would amend the penal code to more equitably sentence offenders according to their involvement in the crime. Specifically, to be convicted of murder, the prosecution would need to prove that a participant in a crime acted with “malice.” Senate Bill 1437 aims to ensure …

Senate Bill 620 Relaxes California’s Firearm Enhancements

Senate Bill 620 Signed into Law Senate Bill 620 was signed into law on October 11, 2017. The law gives judges the authority to strike or dismiss a firearm enhancement at sentencing. Judges may dismiss or strike enhancements if it is “in the interests of justice.” What is an Enhancement? …

SCR 48: Resolution to Reform Felony Murder Rule

SCR 48 – Senate Concurrent Resolution SCR 48 is a senate concurrent resolution passed on September 22, 2017. It recognized the need for statutory reform to more equitably sentence offenders according to their involvement in the crime. Although SCR 48 did not make any changes to existing law, it laid …