Mark Ridley-Thomas

County approves a new panel to study criminal justice reform: What's the impact of downgrading felonies and releasing inmates early?

County approves a new panel to study criminal justice reform: What's the impact of downgrading felonies and releasing inmates early?

Michael C. Mejia violated his probation several times in the 10 months after he was released from Pelican Bay State Prison in April 2016.

Then, on Feb. 20, authorities say, Mejia gunned down his cousin, followed by the fatal shooting of Whittier police Officer Keith Boyer hours later. He has been charged with two counts of murder.

The officer’s slaying prompted a county investigation into Mejia’s release and his supervision by the L.A. County Probation Department. On Tuesday, it was cited repeatedly as a reason to create a blue-ribbon commission to study the impact of state criminal justice reforms in L.A. County.

Creation of the 27-member panel was approved by the...

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