At a press conference on Monday, October 30, the California Public Safety Partnership, led by Nina Salarno Besselman, President of Crime Victims United, along with Sacramento County District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert and Assemblymember Jim Cooper (D – Elk Grove) announce it will file a statewide ballot initiative to prevent the early release of child traffickers, rapists and other serious and violent offenders.

These changes seek to undo some of the “reforms” of a recent ballot measure – Prop 57 (2016) – that has provided for the early release of many criminals in order to address prison overpopulation.

The initiative makes four critical reforms: adds several severe crimes, including domestic violence, sex-trafficking of a child, and rape of an unconscious person, to the list of crimes where early release is not an option; reinstates DNA collection upon conviction for certain crimes that were reduced to misdemeanors under recent law; makes repeat offenders eligible for felony prosecution when convicted of a third theft of property valued at $250 or more; and requires greater scrutiny of probation and supervised release proceedings, including the ability to return to jail those who repeatedly violate parole.

Many people believe that by releasing convicted criminals early, Prop 57 has exacerbated crime in many areas and has been a driving factor in recent increases in homeless populations.

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