By Andrew Sheeler | The Sacramento Bee

A new California law Gov. Gavin Newsom signed late last week forbids counties from charging criminal defendants a number of fees that can keep people in debt long after they leave the judicial system.

The law repeals several fees, including the public defense fee, the criminal justice administration fee, the city and county booking fees, parole supervision fees and others.

The signing earned the praise of California lawmaker Sen. Holly J. Mitchell, D-Los Angeles, who tweeted in response that “for decades, (California) has allowed court ordered fees to take away needed resources from families and communities of color, deepening the wounds of systemic racism in our criminal justice system.”

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