california ballot measure - housing & land use
Restricts Parole for Certain Offenses Currently Considered to be Non-Violent. Authorizes Felony Sentences for Certain Offenses Currently Treated As Misdemeanors. Initiative Statute
Introduced by Nina Salamo Besselman
- Limits access to parole program established for non-violent offenders who have completed the full term of their primary offense by eliminating eligibility for certain offenses.
- Changes standards and requirements governing parole decisions under this program.
- Authorizes felony charges for specified theft crimes currently chargeable only as misdemeanors, including some theft crimes where the value is between $250 and $950.
- Requires persons convicted of specified misdemeanors to submit to collection of DNA samples for state database.
- Increased state and local correctional costs likely in the tens of millions of dollars annually, primarily due to increases in county jail populations and levels of community supervision.
- Increased state and local court-related costs that could be more than several million dollars annually.
- Increased state and local law enforcement costs not likely to be more than a few million dollars annually related to collecting and processing DNA samples.
- Changes the labeling of certain nonviolent crimes that should have been considered "violent crimes." These include assault with a deadly weapon, domestic violence, exploding a bomb, shooting into a house with intent to kill or injure people, and selling children for sex.
- Closes a loophole, with some of the relabeled crimes, that will prevent the convicted offenders from being eligible for early release and requires victims to be notified when their assailants are set free. This protects children against physical abuse and sexual exploitation with the trafficking of children being recognized as a violent crime.
- The full sentence provision applies only to violent inmates who pose a risk to public safety, regardless of race or ethnicity. It does not apply to drug offenders and petty criminals, and does not send more people to prison.
- Expands DNA collection to help solve rapes, murders and other serious crimes, and strengthens sanctions against habitual thieves who steal repeatedly.
- Recommended Position: Support
- LASCC Position: tbd
- Committee Recommended Position: tbd
- Advocacy Committee Recommended Position: tbd
- No on Prop 20
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