One of government's core functions is to ensure public safety. When individuals who pose no threat to public safety get caught up in the criminal justice system and the revolving door of incarceration, society is faced with enormous consequential costs.

With deep racial and socioeconomic inequities in our criminal justice system, Lt. Governor Newsom has led at the forefront of major smart-on-crime policies that are benefitting the economy, saving cost state budget; and making our communities safer.

Lt. Governor Newsom authored and led the ballot initiative known as Proposition 63, which tightens loopholes in California's firearms laws and enshrines a raft of significant gun safety laws into the state's constitution.

Lt. Governor Newsom designed Proposition 63 to restrict dangerous individuals with violent histories from accessing firearms and ammunition. Newsom's Proposition 63 was approved by California voters in November 2016 and the new laws are currently in various stages of implementation.


Lt. Governor Newsom convened a panel of experts to advise and provide the public and policy makers with the roadmap for legalizing cannabis.

The resulting Pathways Report, complete with over fifty purposeful recommendations, was subsequently adopted and translated into Proposition 64, and around which Lt. Governor Newsom built and led the California coalition to decriminalize cannabis, taking a bold step forward towards ending the failed war on drugs.


Most people in California jails have not yet been convicted of the alleged crime for which they've been incarcerated. This vast majority remain locked up without a conviction merely because they can't afford cash bail while waiting for their day in court.

Lt. Governor Newsom has called for an end to the cash bail system, arguing that freedom in California should not be conditional on a person's ATM balance, but instead based on risk to society.