A statewide initiative to change portions of three crime-related laws is picking up steam in the local region.
The Reducing Crime and Keeping California Safe Act of 2018 would change parts of Proposition 47, Proposition 57, and Assembly Bill 109 to reclassify certain “nonviolent” crimes as “violent” to prevent the early release of inmates convicted of crimes such as assault on a peace officer, rape of an unconscious person or by intoxication, and human trafficking of a child. A complete list of the purported “nonviolent” crimes can be found at the initiative’s website at www.keepCALsafe.org.
The initiative is spearheaded by the California Public Safety Partnership, a nonprofit organization that states it is a coalition of crime victims, law enforcement, business, labor, and child advocates working toward effective solutions to crime and violence. It is supported by groups including the Peace Officers Research Association of California, California District Attorneys Association, and the California Police Chiefs Association.
Additionally, the initiative strives to reform parts of the parole system to stop the early release of violent felons, expand parolee oversight, strengthen penalties for parole violations, reform theft laws, and expand DNA collection related to drug, theft, domestic violence, and other crimes. It needs 365,880 signatures by August to qualify for the November election.