Posted on July 21, 2023

California Bill Proposes Considering Race in Criminal Sentencing

Tom Palmer, News Nation, July 13, 2023

In what would be a significant change to the California criminal justice system, a bill that could soon become law requires judges to consider an individual’s race when determining their sentencing for criminal offenses.

Effectively, the legislation would treat criminals of different races differently for the same offenses.

Authored by Assemblyman Reggie Jones Sawyer, who represents crime-ridden areas of Los Angeles, the bill aims to address racial disparities and inequalities within the criminal justice system.

Bill 8562 aims to rectify the historical racial bias that has permeated the criminal justice system in California, according to the legislation.

Proponents argue that acknowledging race during sentencing could help address the disproportionate impact of the justice system on minority communities and promote fairness.

The bill has sparked controversy and debate.


By taking into account an individual’s race, proponents of the bill argue that it would help reduce the disproportionate impact of the justice system on minority communities.