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, …

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 …

Proposition 47 Early Release From Prison

Proposition 47 – Reducing Charges Proposition 47 reduces the punishment for certain felony drug and property offense charges under $950 to a misdemeanor. It does not apply to registered sex offenders and people with prior convictions for serious or violent crimes. Re-sentencing For Inmates Prop 47 permits re-sentencing for people …