Gavin Newsom Wants More Oversight of County Jails

Governor Gavin Newsom is expected to call for more state oversight of local jails as part of a criminal justice reform package to be introduced next year.

Newsom’s concerns follow recent in-depth reports by McClatchy and ProPublica on the rise of inmate deaths in places like Fresno County and extreme isolation measures in Kern. 

Newsom’s criminal justice package, which would most likely debut in January alongside the state budget proposal, may also include a provision for "step-down facilities" to aid inmate rehabilitation and reentry. Newsom also aims to close one of the state's 35 prisons.

Read more about what we can expect here