California Votes To Label Violent Crimes As 'Non-Violent' So They Can Release Felons Proposition 57 was voted into effect Tuesday in California. Meant to save tax payers money, it may have just made life much more dangerous for the people of California.
Proposition 57 was created to save the people of California millions of dollars on prison costs every year. It was created to change state law in two different ways:
- Make judges the only people who can say whether a Juvenile is tried as an adult. Since 2000, prosecutors have been able to make that decision.
- Modify the way that prisoners can apply for release from prison. There are many different aspects to this, with the primary one being that it allows non-violent felonious prisoners who have completed the "base" sentence for their crime to apply for parole. This means that the extra time added for being a gang member, for previous crimes, etc.. is wiped away.
The problem is, Proposition 57 didn't tell voters what is considered a "non-violent" crime. According to a fact check put out by the Association of Deputy District Attorneys, non-violent in California can mean:
Assault with a deadly weapon on a peace officer
Battery with serious bodily injury
Solicitation to commit murder
Inflicting corporal injury on a child
First degree burglary
Raping an unconscious person
Human trafficking involving a minor
Participation in a street gang
Exploding a destructive device w/ intent to cause injury (yes, setting off a bomb in a public place)
Read the entire fact check about Proposition 57 here. Make sure to check out the "Sentencing Examples" where it shows how a gang member who stabs someone is eligible for parole in 4 years and a serial rapist is available for parole in 8.
Despite the Mayor of San Diego, two senators, over twenty five congressmen, fifty district attorneys, twenty seven sheriffs, and nineteen police chiefs opposing Prop. 57, it was voted in on Tuesday.
Proposition 57 also gave several thousand "non-violent" criminals the ability to apply for parole on Tuesday because they have served their "base" sentence already.
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