California Gov. Proposes Shortening Probation Terms To Fight Spike In Crime

Sandy Malone

California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday announced his plan to reduce the maximum probation sentence to two years.

Sacramento, CA – California Governor Gavin Newsom has proposed shortening probation terms for offenders the first step in fulfilling his pledge to overhaul the state’s probation system.

Newsom said Friday that he planned to put “an unprecedented amount of money” into a plan to better serve those who were on probation for misdemeanor crimes, KCRA reported.

Officials said that most misdemeanor offenders on probation are not participating in any services or programs.

The initiative is seen as an attempt to do something about the recent upsurge in petty crime that has spiked in urban areas since criminal justice reforms did away with jail time for some property crimes, KCRA reported.

“This goes directly to the car break-ins, this goes to the petty crime issue, this should be celebrated by the law enforcement community because of the intensity of services we want to provide,” Newsom said.

San Francisco gang members have been traveling to Los Angeles to steal from tourists’ vehicles since they now know they won’t become incarcerated for their crimes, KCRA reported.

The governor sent a budget to the legislature on Jan. 10 that requested $210 million over a four-year period to restructure the state’s probation system.

In the plan, Newsom proposed reducing the maximum probation sentence for all crimes to two years, down from five for felony convictions and three for misdemeanor offenses, according to KCRA.

The governor said supervising people for longer than two years “costs money and for small little petty things you throw people back in the system and that cycle of violence perpetuates itself.”

“This will be controversial because it’s a change,” Newsom said. “The data and the evidence and the science bears out, you front-load services — those first 18 months are determinative.”

The Chief Probation Officers of California supported the governor’s plan to reduce probation terms, KCRA reported.

The group said that research showed Newsom is correct in his assertion that focusing on the first two years “is the best way to help change their behavior and reduce re-offense.”

But numerous other law enforcement organizations and agencies oppose the governor’s plan, KCRA reported.

California Police Chiefs Association President Ron Lawrence said that longer probation terms give officers a big window in which they can check offenders’ homes and vehicles for gun, drugs, and other contraband.

Lawrence said his organization would support improvements to the probation process but nothing that actually lessens offender accountability, KCRA reported.

“… where we really struggle and are opposed to changes are anything that would lessen accountability. Lessening the tail on probation would frankly lessen that accountability,” he said.

Lawrence said probation supervision tended to discourage additional criminal behavior.

Newsom’s reduced probation plan comes at the same time law enforcement across the state are adjusting to numerous other criminal justice reforms that have just gone into effect, KCRA reported.

California is now sending less serious offenders to jail instead of prison, allowing earlier parole, and has reduced many drug felonies to misdemeanors.

“We need to wait and see what some of the other reforms do to the crime rates before we do what he’s proposing,” Lawrence said.

Comments (57)
Excalibr4
Excalibr4

It's as if he's for the criminals!

No. 1-32
flybynight
flybynight

“This will be controversial because it’s a change,” Newsom said. No Governor, it's controversial because it's another one of your stupid ideas plain and simple.

JBoH
JBoH

"Shortening Probation Terms To Fight Spike In Crime"

Huh?

Now if that included increasing prison time...that would be doable.

TimICT
TimICT

I know, just make all those things legal. Presto, zero crime rate.

Hi_estCommieDenom
Hi_estCommieDenom

Criminal Justice ‘Reform’ is a joke... If you do the crime, you do the time

ikaika
ikaika

Whut? He's been smoking the same shit as Cuomo. "A plan to better serve those who were on probation" and to fight "the recent upsurge in petty crime." Oh yeah, that'll help! And "it should be celebrated by the law enforcement community." WTF? He's batshit crazy. How about serving the taxpaying citizens of California instead of the criminals? Is that too far-fetched an idea?

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

#trumpsandersnewsomaoc

LEO0301
LEO0301

This is the only way to keep HCD's family out of jail. California and NY go back and forth to see who can come up with the dumbest legislation.

007karley
007karley

@Burgers Allday #isobah

Spazfair
Spazfair

Wouldn't the $210 million be better served by using it to hire more probation officers? I am not in law enforcement myself, but this seems like less of a deterrent for criminals to stay out of trouble.

Bigyoda20
Bigyoda20

Yes, of course. Not punishing criminals is the perfect way to stop crime. You want crime rates to go down, just decriminalize everything.

bryantrent
bryantrent

BS

hd87
hd87

Sounds like what's happening in Massachusetts. Suffolk County DA Rachael Rollins is doing the same thing by not prosecuting petty crime which leads to more serious offenses.

YOWHIP
YOWHIP

If you don’t arrest anybody there is no crime, stats go down, win for the crooks and politicians

Bobholly79
Bobholly79

This guy is on crack!!

Wait the crime rate is GOING UP after his catch and release program so let’s shorten probation for the scum so they can get back to their criminal behavior SOONER??? After all it is unfair to the scum on probation that they have to wait so long to get back to “work” while other hard working scum are immediately back on the street!!

Can’t fix stupid!!

Common sense is dead with all demo Rats

Bobholly79
Bobholly79

🤪🤪🤪👎🏻👎🏻👎🏻

ChasingYesterday
ChasingYesterday

Not only is he a POS, but his family has been raping and pillaging California for generations. He's related to Pelosi. If the voters would elect someone that actually gave a damn about the state and it's citizens, California could be a great place to live again.

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

Wait, so crime is rising, and his solution is to shorten probation times, and end jail time for certain crimes? Well, it is California logic, and they are the welfare capital of the US....

checksix
checksix

He will reduce crime by decriminalizing everything, except the Second Amendment.

Musicray
Musicray

Does this governor have friends in prison? He continues to take California down....

magnumforc
magnumforc

Newsom is a certified POS who is hell bent on destroying California within his first years. Condsider he is Pelosi's nephew and an ally of ex-governor Moonbeam Brown, and that seals it pretty well.

dlkoshuta
dlkoshuta

And the logic here would be????

OldVet
OldVet

As I understand, there are petitions for his recall but they are somehow being blocked.

lmr111702
lmr111702

This governor is an idiot. He is going to cause a huge spike in crime. When someone mugs him or rapes someone in his family, he might grow some brain tissue and keep the criminals in jail and push for proper prosecution.

Raymelson
Raymelson

Oh well shit happens in California

Justaguy1954
Justaguy1954

That has got to be one of the dumbest ideas I have ever heard

edbarb1
edbarb1

Why not shorten the public school year requirement from 12 to 6 years in order to address a spike in illiteracy? Better still--shorten the terms for politicians to 6 months to address the spike in stupid and insane laws.

DR226
DR226

Doesn't Cali have a legislative body or is this asshat the only one that rights Bills to become law. It's every legislator in the state of Commifornia.

Gramercy
Gramercy

Wait a minute..CO?? Is that not the state that has glorified drug usage by its people?? Heaven help those that are NOT on the mind-altering drugs!!!!

Gramercy
Gramercy

SO, how great is that..let us "shorten" probation periods to stifle the SPIKE IN CRIME???? No..let us LENGTHEN THEM..and make them more unpleasant so perpetrators might think TWICE before they commit crime!

Suzette Cokinos
Suzette Cokinos

Wow! It's almost like he's insulated from the lawlessness we all deal with...oh right..HE IS!

ACSO-Charles-One
ACSO-Charles-One

Californians elected this man because they believe in this type of mentality. Californians instituted the one party state for a reason and eliminated crimes to reduce incarceration the next obvious choice is to get these people off of probation as soon as possible. The next logical move would be to remove all laws from the Penal Code and make nothing a crime except (anyone who harms a government official is punishable by death) and crime will be gone from California. If nothing is a crime you can’t have a high crime rate.


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