The common misconception of California’s Prop 57 — it’s not what it seemed
During our first week we have had tremendous feedback and dialogue. One of the most interesting responses we saw was when we posted an article titled Judge Orders California to Consider Earlier Parole for Sex Offenders that ran in TIME Magazine. This article was very controversal and exposed the common misunderstanding that Californians have toward what Prop 57 does. The best example was an exchange with an individual on our Facebook Page.
” I read the article I also know about prop 57, and it’s for non violent offenders and sexually based crimes are considered crimes of violence.”
This shows a common misconception of California’s Prop 57. There is a large difference of what the supporters said it would do between what this proposition ACTUALLY does.
We respectfully answered below:
“James Scarpa this is exactly why we created this group. To educate and empower. Prop 57 was poorly drafted and redefined what is considered a violent crime in California.
The authors of Proposition 57 claimed it only applies to ‘non-violent’ crimes, but their drafting deemed the following crimes ‘non-violent’ and makes the perpetrators eligible for EARLY PAROLE and RELEASE into local communities:
• Rape of an unconscious person
• Human Trafficking involving sex act with minors
• Drive-by shooting
• Assault with a deadly weapon
• Hostage taking
• Attempting to explode a bomb at a hospital or school
• Domestic violence involving trauma
• Supplying a firearm to a gang member
• Hate crime causing physical injury
• Failing to register as a sex offender
• Discharging a firearm on school grounds
• Lewd acts against a child 14 or 15
• False imprisonment of an elder through violence. *partial list
Whether is was intentional or unintentional Prop 57’s poorly written language leaves all of us vulnerable. While California officials are trying to right this wrong by pushing back against the Judge’s ruling, they aren’t going far enough. The are trying to protect themselves politically because this is a direct promise broken to our residents, but what about the rest of dangerous law? What will it take for them to understand that they are directly making our neighborhoods less safe? This issue is an important one — probably one of the most important issues this state will see for years to come.
We launched this website to educate and empower Californians on the issue and push real change. We deserve to feel safe in our own communities and not be left vulnerable because our elected officials don’t want to admit they pushed poorly written policy.