We recommend you vote NO ON PROP 57, here's why
TRACKING CALIFORNIA'S CRIME PROBLEMS AFTER PROPS 36 AND 47 BECAME LAW
Violent crime is up 62% during the first 6 months of 2015 in Murrieta, Riverside County.
Crime is up, way up and Fresno County law enforcement leaders blame Prop. 47.
The Bee's editors accuse Kamala Harris of failing to inform voters of the impact of these drastic modifications to CA criminal sentencing.
Fresno vehicle burglaries take turn for worse after previously being under control by the Fresno Police. Prop. 47 is blamed by Police Cheif Jerry Dyer.
The Bee's editors again blame proponents and supporters of Prop. 47 for dramatic crime increases, especially San Francisco District Attorney George Cascon.
From the CRIMINAL JUSTICE LEGAL FOUNDATION
Advisory Quarterly Publication, Spring – Summer 2016
STATE POLICIES INCREASING CRIME
Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell told guests of the Foundation’s June 1 annual meeting that changes in California policies were causing increased crime virtually everywhere within his jurisdiction. Reinforcing the perspective of other Sheriffs across the state, Sheriff McDonnell cited the Governor’s Realignment Law (AB109), Proposition 36 (which weakened the Three Strikes law), and Proposition 47 (which converted property and drug felonies to misdemeanors) as the reason criminals are being cycled back into communities to commit more crimes.
THE REAL COST OF REALIGNMENT
by Michael Rushford, President CJLF, April 2, 2013 Press Release
While academics, politicians and corrections officials have been lauding the success of Governor Jerry Brown's "Public Safety Realignment" law (AB109) at reducing the state prison population, the law's historic shift in responsibility for most felons to California counties has had a major negative impact in many LA area communities. Prior to Realignment, only inmates awaiting trial for cases such as murder were in jail longer than a year. Today, habitual criminals convicted of most theft and drug felonies and some types of assault, can receive multi-year sentences in local jails which were not designed for long term inmates. Counties face increased threats to public safety as some prisoners, even repeat offenders, are released early because jails simply do not have the resources or the capacity needed to handle the influx. County jails are not only expected to provide room for realigned criminals, money must also be found to fund prison programs such as education, treatment, rehabilitation, and recreation. The number of criminals needing these services is only expected to increase (KTVU, February 28).
PROPOSITION 47 AND 3 STRIKES
by Mike Reynolds, 13 August 2014
The simple overview sums up Prop. 47 as reducing approximately 400 offenses on the California felony list to only misdemeanors when the amount of the loss is less than $950. It then would require time to be served as 1 year or less in county jail. This, of course, is subject to 50% time credits.
There is, however, a more damaging aspect to California's 3 Strikes law that goes beyond the impact of Prop. 36. Prop. 36 reduced all third strikes that were not serious or violent to second strike status requiring that the penalty for the non serious or violent felony be doubled and 80% of the time be served in "state prison." Now many offenders walking our streets with strikes are facing second strike penalties if they commit a new felony.
GOV. JERRY BROWN'S PRISON REFORMS HAVEN'T LIVED UP TO HIS BILLING
by Jill St. James, L. A. Times, June 21, 2014
Today, California is spending nearly $2 billion a year more on incarceration than when Brown introduced his strategy in 2011. The prisons are still overcrowded, and the state has been forced to release inmates early to satisfy federal judges overseeing the system.
Counties, given custody of more than 142,000 felons so far, complain that the state isn't paying full freight for their supervision. Many jails are now overcrowded, and tens of thousands of criminals have been freed to make room for more.
The above LA Times story illicited several comments from Mike Reynolds.
Realignment as an idea or concept is not a bad plan. With a statewide recidivist problem at 70% every 18 months and our state prison system releasing as many as 100,000 convicted felons each year, the question is this helping or just speeding up this revolving door?
The problem as well as the solution is simply "capacity." When this plan was put into place 31 of California's 58 county jails were already overcrowded and under court order. So the state placed our counties in an even more dangerous position than they were before Realignment. The politically positive side of this idea is when an early released offender proceeded to commit a new and violent crime the local sheriff gets blamed not the state or the governor.
VERY BAD CRIMINALS ROAMING COMMUNITIES UNDER REALIGNMENT
Release Date: April 17, 2014
By Micahel Rushford
The word is out on the street, consequences for serious and violent crime are not what they were due to Realignment. Whereas California law previously not only discouraged crime with such a deterrent effect that prison populations were kept at an average 165,000, no longer. As Michael Rushford of the CJLF states clearly in one of his latest newsletters.
AP Exclusive: New '3 Strikes' law varies by county
by Paul Elias
SAN FRANCISCO -- Majorities in every California county voted last fall to scale back the state's Three Strikes law so thousands of inmates serving life sentences for relatively minor third offenses would have the chance to be set free.
Five months later, there is no such unanimity among counties when it comes to carrying out the voters' wishes.
Whether a third-strike felon eventually will gain freedom varies greatly depending on the county that sent him away, according to an Associated Press analysis of California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation data.
In San Bernardino County, which has the second highest number of eligible inmates, 33 percent of the 291 Three Strikes inmates have been granted release under Proposition 36. But in Los Angeles and San Diego counties, just 6 percent of the nearly 1,300 eligible inmates have had their sentences reduced so far.
Statewide, 16 percent of 2,847 eligible inmates have been resentenced.
I know being a "stickler for details" is one of the most important character traits for being a reporter, but this article has a few errors that I know you would want brought to your attention. First is the fact that 3 Strikes was passed by both the state legislature and the voters in 1994, not 1996.
As to prison populations: the actual Department of Corrections numbers are available on our 15 Year Report or through Department of Corrections directly. Note: in the 10 years prior to 3 Strikes prison populations went up 400%.
In the 10 year period prior to the October 2011 Realignment effort, California prison population remained flat at approximately 170,000 or less.
Gun crime has plunged, but Americans think it's up, says study
Gun crime has plunged in the United States since its peak in the middle of the 1990s, including gun killings, assaults, robberies and other crimes, two new studies of government data show.
Yet few Americans are aware of the dramatic drop, and more than half believe gun crime has risen, according to a newly released survey by the Pew Research Center.
In less than two decades, the gun murder rate has been nearly cut in half. Other gun crimes fell even more sharply, paralleling a broader drop in violent crimes committed with or without guns. Violent crime dropped steeply during the 1990s and has fallen less dramatically since the turn of the millennium.
The number of gun killings dropped 39% between 1993 and 2011, the Bureau of Justice Statistics reported in a separate report released Tuesday. Gun crimes that weren’t fatal fell by 69%. However, guns still remain the most common murder weapon in the United States, the report noted. Between 1993 and 2011, more than two out of three murders in the U.S. were carried out with guns, the Bureau of Justice Statistics found.
An interesting study that shows the drops in crime came at the same time as the passage of 3 Strikes in some 25 states and other "get tough on crime" laws like "Use a Gun and You're Done" were sweeping the country.
The most significant federal legislation (Community Oriented Policing Services) passed that year was "The Federal Crime Bill" authored by then Senator Joe Biden and signed into law by Bill Clinton. In addition to a federal 3 Strikes provision it added 100,000 police officers throughout the US and forced states to impose 85% of the time in prison before parole to violent offenders.
Now we are scratching our heads trying to figure out why the crime drops?
These were the most historic and significant laws to stop crime ever and now we wonder if it could have been the lead in our gasoline?