A cocktail sign above a bar in Sacramento. Photo by Shawn Hubler for CALmatters

In summary

The criminal justice pendulum continued its swing away from tough-on-crime attitudes as the Legislature sought to end cash bail, increase transparency on policing, and pass a major revision to the “felony murder” rule.

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Dan Morain joined CalMatters in March 2018. He is the former editorial page editor of The Sacramento Bee. Morain also spent 27 years at The Los Angeles Times, and has covered the Capitol since 1992.