California law enforcement

California's Proposition 47 turned many non-violent felonies into misdemeanors.  A new study of the 2014 initiative finds it reduced incarceration without increasing crime - mostly.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

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Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones recently claimed "paid protestors" took part in a demonstration for Stephon Clark, the 22-year-old unarmed black man shot and killed by police nearly a month ago.  Capital Public Radio's PolitiFact reporter Chris Nichols investigated the sheriff's claim.

California lawmakers are proposing to change when police can use deadly force.  That's after the shooting last month in Sacramento of Stephon Clark, an unarmed black man, was the latest to cause widespread protests.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

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"Tension" is the word that describes the vibe permeating Sacramento since the police shooting death of an unarmed black man, Stephon Clark, in the back yard of his grandmother's home.  Protests have been held every day since the shooting, and Clark's funeral yesterday (Thursday) drew large local crowds and nationally-known speakers.  The California Report's John Sepulvado recaps the events that have put California's Capital City on edge.

Sacramento Police Chief Daniel Hahn talked with Capital Public Radio about the Stephon Clark shooting.  Capital Public Radio's Bob Moffitt reports Hahn talked about some of the specifics of the investigation into Sacramento Police officers shooting and killing an unarmed black man in the back yard of his grandmother's home.

For the first time, the state of California has compiled all of the uses of force involving law enforcement officers for a given year.  Capital Public Radio's Bob Moffitt reports.

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Violent demonstrations in Berkeley this year foreshadowed the recent white nationalist rally in Virginia that left 3 people dead.  With police forces around the country now on the watch for similar protests, Capital Public Radio's Daniel Potter looks at what they can do to prepare.

California lawmakers will debate how to address a backlog of untested rape kits, when they return to work at the state Capitol later this month.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

Hate crimes in California increased by more than ten percent for the second year in a row, according to new data from the state Attorney General's Office.  But it's hard to know what to make of that, as Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

Law enforcement and civil liberties groups have coalesced behind a bill that would set new limits on public agencies that seize and sell cash and property involved in crimes.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler reports on the bill that passed the Assembly yesterday (Monday).

The California Racial and Identity Profiling Advisory Board held its first meeting in Los Angeles Friday.  It's part of a new statewide effort to curb ethnic profiling in police stops.  KVCR's Matt Guilhem has more on how racial data collected by law enforcement officers will be used.

Representatives from 30 law enforcement agencies in California have completed training in Sacramento and Los Angeles designed to help them communicate with the people they have sworn to protect. Capital Public Radio's Bob Moffitt investigates.

The rate of children dying from drug overdoses has sharply increased in California over the last 12 years. Capital Public Radio reporter, Katie Orr filed this story.

A bill requiring California police departments to report officer-involved shootings to the state is awaiting approval from Governor Jerry Brown.  Capital Public Radio's Marnette Federis reports.

The California state Senate has approved a bill aimed at reducing racial profiling by law enforcement agencies.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has details.

California law is vague on whether people can record photos and videos of police officers while the officers are doing their jobs.  A bill that passed the state legislature last week seeks to clarify that it's legal.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler has more.

Some traffic courts in California have been charging ticketed drivers fees before allowing their cases to go to trial.  But a new rule approved yesterday (Monday) by the state Judicial Council will put an end to that practice.  Capital Public Radio's Katie Orr reports.

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Governor Jerry Brown's 2011 overhaul of California's criminal justice system led to the early release of 18-thousand offenders.  But a new study shows no increase in violent crime as a result.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler has more.

The California State Senate approved a bill this week that would eliminate the use of the Grand Jury in cases pertaining to officer-involved shootings, or cases where excessive force used by an officer results in the death of a suspect.  KVCR's Natalya Estrada has details.

Following an April 22 raid on Beaumont City Hall by FBI agents and local law enforcement authorities, Beaumont officials seemed uncomfortable publicly discussing the city's relationship with consulting firm Urban Logic.  Now, KVCR's Matt Guilhem reports the city will address the issue publicly.

IE Legislator Wants Tougher Law Against Sex Trafficking

May 6, 2015

An Inland Empire-area state legislator is sponsoring a bill targeting the buyers and sellers of sex trafficking in the region.  The bill passed the state Senate with a unanimous vote, and now heads to the state Assembly.  KVCR's Natalya Estrada has more.

California is the latest state where the "Mobile Justice" app is available.  KVCR's Rick Dulock has more.

Law enforcement officials need a warrant if they want to search your house.  A bill in the California Legislature would require they also get one to search your email.  Capital Public Radio's Katie Orr reports.

A California lawmaker says hit-and-runs have become a big problem in the state.  He's trying again to create a statewide hit-and-run alert system.  As Capital Public Radio's Katie Orr reports, the bill passed Assembly committee yesterday (Wednesday).

A new bill at the state Capitol would once again allow California law enforcement to collect DNA evidence from people convicted of certain misdemeanors -- not just felonies.  As Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler reports, that would reverse a provision of Proposition 47, which voters approved last fall.

California lawmakers are jumping into the debate surrounding law enforcement agencies and communities of color.  Capital Public Radio's Katie Orr says a variety of views were represented at a day-long hearing at the state Capitol.