Whether you are for or against the death penalty, we should all be aware of the ways that willful and unconscious bias affects felony convictions, as the death penalty is applied more often to people of color and those with mental disability. Read more about California is grappling with this issue on npr.com.
In California, a bill now making its way through the California State Legislature would seal the criminal records of former inmates who have misdemeanor or lower-level felony records to the public. These records often make integrating back into civilian life nearly impossible, since many employers discriminate against job-seekers with records (regardless of how long ago or small the charge). See newyorktimes.com for the full story.