Nina Salarno Besselman, President of Crime Victims United, wrote a must-read article:
You can pimp a child for sex, beat a spouse or rape a young woman who passes out at a frat party, and it’s not considered a violent offense under state law, and that’s offensive.
This was a dangerous flaw with Proposition 57, which California voters approved in 2016 by a wide margin, after being reassured by its proponents that the measure would apply only to non-violent offenders, and that only those inmates who posed no threat to public safety would be released from prison early.
What voters weren’t told is that the list of non-violent offenses includes many crimes that most people would agree are very serious and violent.
The article goes into detail about offenders like Gregory Gadlin, who is eligible for parole under California law after violently slashing his girlfriend’s hands and face with a butcher knife. Keep in mind that his rap sheet includes the rape of an 11-year old girl and gang rape of another minor.
These are facts.
This is not a one-off policy flaw. This same story is recurring over, and over again across California.
How did we get here?
The author accurately points out that Prop 57 was actually passed by the voters. So did the Gas Tax and Prop 47 which lessened the offense for theft and possession of highly-addictive drugs heroin and meth. These measures passed because the public was in the dark and fooled by Democrats in the legislature with deceiving ballot language. They give these new laws names like “The Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act”, but in reality that law lessens from felony to misdemeanor heroin, meth, crack cocaine and any theft under $950.
We were lied to, but that is no excuse not to act. We need your vote for new leadership.
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