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California Gov. Newsom eases penalties for 35 former felons

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Posted at 9:09 AM, Nov 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-11 12:09:31-05

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom eased the sentences or criminal histories of nearly three dozen current or former felons on Tuesday.

They include 10 pardons intended to aid immigrants who face the possibility of deportation.

One of the 10 is currently in a federal immigration detention facility. The 10 were among 22 pardons, 13 commutations and four medical reprieves, the last a category prompted by the coronavirus pandemic.

The state corrections secretary and a federal court-appointed official recommended the medical risk clemency review.

They are in addition to thousands of other earlier releases intended to free space within the state's prison system to slow the virus' spread.