Councilwoman Stacy Mungo and Councilwoman Suzie Price will be bringing an agenda item before the City Council on April 17, 2018 asking for support from their colleagues to draft a resolution supporting the Reducing Crime and Keeping California Safe Act of 2018.
This initiative seeks to address shortcomings of recently enacted AB 109 (2011), Propositions 47 (2014) and 57 (2016), which allow for early release of dangerous criminals and redefined crimes such as child sex trafficking, rape of an unconscious person, domestic violence, drive-by shootings, exploding an incendiary device with intent to injure, and assault of a police officer as “non-violent” crimes.
These initiatives have largely been cited as major contributing factors to the rise in crime statewide. California has seen the second highest increase in theft and property crimes nationwide, with most other states having seen a decline in these crimes.
"Well intentioned reforms to our criminal and incarceration programs adopted by voters and the legislature have come with too many unintended consequences that have put our communities at risk,” stated Councilwoman Mungo, “As a result, we've seen large increases in property crimes, the early release of violent offenders, an increase in serial offenders and a lack of DNA collection. The Reducing Crime and Keeping California Safe Act of 2018 will help address these issues and improve neighborhood safety.”
“In recent years we have seen a series of poorly executed statewide measures to reduce prison population and redefine felony crimes as misdemeanors,” stated Councilwoman Price. “While the goal of incarcerating fewer individuals and giving people an expanded opportunity for rehabilitation is laudable there have been significant changes to our judicial system which, in fact, work against those goals and endanger public safety.” “Every day I hear from angry residents who are shocked and confused to hear that law enforcement’s tools to fight crime and promote public safety are severely restricted due to the consequences of the passages of Propositions 47 and 57. As a result we are seeing an increase in thefts and violence in our neighborhoods. Addressing the glaring problems in these propositions will keep our communities safer and enhance the quality of life in our wonderful City,” stated Councilwoman Price who announced her support for this proposition last month.
The Reducing Crime and Keeping California Safe Act of 2018 provides for several critical reforms including the prevention of early release of violent offenders, holding serial thieves accountable, reinstating DNA collection, and repairing the state’s broken parole system.
Who: Councilwoman Stacy Mungo, 5th District, and Suzie Price, 3rd District
What: Agenda Item to Support the Keeping California Safe Act of 2018
When: Tuesday, April 17, 2018 at 5:00 PM