The Alliance for Constitutional Sex Offense Laws (ACSOL) urges registrants, their families and supporters to vote “NO” on Proposition 20 and to vote “YES” on Proposition 17. Both propositions are included on the November 2020 ballots.
If passed, Proposition 20 would significantly increase the number of violent felonies from 27 to 51, resulting in harsher sentences and longer prison terms. Of that total, the number of violent sex offenses would also increase significantly from 9 to 14. In addition, Proposition 20 would require the collection of DNA from individuals convicted of a misdemeanor offense.
According to a report issued by the Center for Juvenile and Criminal Justice, passage of Proposition 20 would cost the state of California more than $450 million a year and cost every county in the state at least $5 million a year. A chart regarding the cost to each county can be found on pages 14 and 15 of the report.
Proposition 17, if passed, would significantly increase the number of people eligible to vote in future elections by allowing individuals on parole to vote. Individuals currently on probation are already eligible to vote.
According to statements in the Official Voters Guide, individuals on parole are already allowed to vote in 19 states. Those who support Proposition 17 have stated that a Florida study found that “people who have completed their prison sentences and had their voting rights restored were less likely to commit crimes in the future.
“Because ACSOL is a non-profit organization recognized by the IRS, it cannot support or oppose any person running for office,” stated ACSOL Executive Director Janice Bellucci. “The IRS rules, however, allow ACSOL and other non-profit organizations to support or oppose ballot propositions.”