Jaycee Dugard Breaks Silence, Campaigns Against California’s Proposition 57

October 24, 2016
By Jennifer McGraw, CBS Sacramento

EL DORADO COUNTY – It’s a case that’s hard to forget, an 11-year-old South Lake Tahoe girl was kidnapped and held hostage for 18 years, but now she is taking to Facebook to stop a proposition on the November ballots.

“The eligibility for parole for Philip Garrido after only 17 years is really a travesty,” said James Clinchard, then prosecutor in the Jaycee Dugard case

He believes criminals like Garrido should be locked up forever.

“I can’t imagine how she would feel if the Garrido’s we’re eligible for parole at a date before 431 years,” he said.

That’s how many years Garrido was sentenced to, but Clinchard said with Prop. 57 Garrido could get that hearing after just 17 years.

Jaycee took to social media stating “survivors like me should not have to worry when and if their rapist and/or their captor will get out.”

“It is a very powerful message. It’s Jaycee’s voice and it’s a powerful voice against Proposition 57,” Clinchard said.

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“Proposition 57 means one thing. More cops will be killed.”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 11, 2016
CONTACT: Jennifer Jacobs
(858) 518-1932

Ventura, CA – – Speaking on behalf of police and sheriff deputies all across California, the President of the Ventura County Deputy Sheriffs Association, Scott Peterson, said this morning that “Proposition 57 means one thing. More cops will be killed.”

Peterson was speaking at a press conference in Ventura County held by law enforcement leaders in Southern California. The recent murders of three California peace officers has brought the debate over Proposition 57 to the forefront. Estimates are that 16,000 dangerous criminals, currently in prison and convicted of serious or violent crimes, would be eligible for immediate release if 57 passes.

Here is the complete statement:

“Yet again, police officers in the state of California are wearing mourning ribbons across our badges for the tragic and horrific loss of life of three police officers over the past seven days in California not to mention those who have been killed outside of the state as well. Proposition 57 to me means one thing… more cops will be killed, that’s exactly what it means to me. And I believe I can say that on behave of the leaders that are here today.

“The men who killed the officers over the past 7 days are the same type of criminals who would be released under Prop. 57, so called non-violent criminals, so called rehabilitated criminals. These are people that will go out, they will perpetuate crimes against the public once again. They will put our officers at risk and more officers will die due to the fact that these men and maybe even women have been released. I ask that you, everyone in this room and the public understand the ramifications of the passage of Prop. 57 and I ask that everyone oppose this absolutely horrific initiative that the governor is proposing,” concluded Peterson.

View a video of the entire statement.

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Poorly written Proposition 57 deserves your ‘no’ vote

By the Fresno Bee Editorial Board
October 1, 2016

It’s hard to imagine a more poorly conceived and written ballot measure than Proposition 57, which would amend the California Constitution so that so-called “nonviolent” felons could more easily parole out of prison and return to society.

While we recognize that California’s tough-on-crime approach of the 1990s came with serious consequences such as prison overcrowding and massive spending on incarceration, Gov. Jerry Brown’s initiative is a blatant attempt at “pass it now and we’ll figure it out later” reform.

Details matter – especially when seeking to rewrite our state Constitution. Proposition 57 is seriously lacking important specifics. Most blatant: Its authors did not define “nonviolent” crime. This glaring lack of precision is reason enough to vote “no.”

Read the complete article at The Fresno Bee

Commentary: Proposition 57 places our communities at risk

By Kevin Muldoon, The Daily Pilot
September 24, 2016

This November, don’t be fooled by Proposition 57’s title, “Public Safety and Rehabilitation Act.”

The ballot measure supported by the governor is intended to empty California’s prisons by reducing felony sentences.

Its proponents claim Proposition 57 only reduces the sentencing requirements of non-violent offenses. In reality, the proposition allows for the reclassification of many additional crimes from violent to non-violent status.

Proposition 57 would authorize the immediate release of up to 16,000 convicted criminals. And despite Proposition 57’s claims, it would reduce the sentence of more than just non-violent offenses.

Read the complete article at the Daily Pilot

Jim Hart: Why you should vote no on 57

By Jim Hart, Special to the Santa Cruz Sentinel
September 24, 2016

After carefully reviewing Proposition 57, a criminal justice-related initiative offered to voters on the November ballot, I am going to vote “No” and I recommend you do the same.

Our local and state justice system has experienced significant reform during the past five years; in fact, there have been more justice reform efforts put into play in the past five years than there were in the previous 40. I supported and implemented these reform efforts in Santa Cruz County in collaboration with other justice system leaders. We have done an excellent job of adapting to the many changes that have occurred. Let me explain further…

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Editorial: Vote no on sloppily written Prop. 57

By Mercury News Editorial
September 23, 2016

The best California ballot measures state clear intentions and leave little or no room for debate over how they will be implemented.

Gov. Jerry Brown’s initiative to roll back fixed prison terms for non-violent felons fails this basic test. Vote no on Proposition 57 on the November ballot.

We agree with the governor’s intent, but the proposition is sloppily written. It fails to clearly identify which crimes would fall under it and how an inmate’s criminal history would affect eligibility for parole. Brown or other reform advocates need to try again.

Read the complete article at the Mercury News

Editorial: Vote no on sloppily written Prop. 57 (East Bay Times)

By East Bay Times
September 23, 2016

The best California ballot measures state clear intentions and leave little or no room for debate over how they will be implemented.

Gov. Jerry Brown’s initiative to roll back fixed prison terms for non-violent felons fails this basic test. Vote no on Proposition 57 on the November ballot.

We agree with the governor’s intent, but the proposition is sloppily written. It fails to clearly identify which crimes would fall under it and how an inmate’s criminal history would affect eligibility for parole. Brown or other reform advocates need to try again.

Read the complete article at East Bay Times

PD Editorial: No on Prop 57: Too many risks in parole plan

By The Press Democrat Editorial Board
September 22, 2016

…It also comes at a time when California is already experiencing a bump in crime. According to data released earlier this year by the FBI, of the 10 U.S. cities that experienced the largest increases in violent crime for the first half of 2015, five were in California, including San Francisco (No. 8), Los Angeles (No. 3) and Sacramento (No. 1). Although the evidence of a direct connection is weak, law enforcement officials contend there’s a link between this bump in crime and the passage of Proposition 47 and realignment. Nonetheless, it’s clear this is no time to risk putting more felons back on the street, given the high rates of recidivism that already exist.

This is why 55 out of 58 district attorneys in the state, along with the California Peace Officers’ Association, the California Police Chiefs’ Association and local officials including Sheriff Steve Freitas are opposed.

Moreover, California has already reduced its prison population by some 50,000 inmates since 2009, nearing its target goal. It’s not clear whether such a drastic change in the state’s sentencing laws is needed, let alone desired. The Press Democrat recommends a no vote on Proposition 57.

Read the complete article at the Press Democrat

San Diego Union-Tribune slams Governor over Prop. 57

California County News
September 18, 2016

It’s time for Gov. Jerry Brown to admit a grave flaw with his latest public safety and rehabilitation initiative, also known as “The Public Safety and Rehabilitation Act of 2016” or Proposition 57. That’s the word from the San Diego Union-Tribune editorial board, which published a scathing opinion piece on the controversial ballot measure last week.

“We share the governor’s concerns about an excessively punitive criminal justice system that warehouses thousands of prisoners without good reason. That needs to change,” the newspaper wrote. “Unfortunately, whether by haste, error or misjudgment, the measure on the Nov. 8 ballot doesn’t only affect ‘nonviolent’ felons. The measure doesn’t define ‘nonviolent’ crime so it would apply to felonies not classified ‘violent’ in state law.”

Read the complete article at California County News

‘Public Safety and Rehabilitation?’ – Don’t be Fooled

By Stacey L. Montgomery, Esq.
Lassen County District Attorney
Susanville Stuff
September 16, 2016

California Attorney General Kamala Harris recently released alarming report detailing how violent crime in California is on the rise, increasing 10% over the last year.

According to the report, violent crimes were up last year by about 15,000 to a high of 166,588. Homicides went up 9.7 percent, robberies 8.5 percent, aggravated assaults 8 percent. Rapes increased 36 percent.

In spite of those figures, Governor Jerry Brown has placed before voters this November a ballot measure entitled the “Public Safety and Rehabilitation Act of 2016”

The title is extremely deceptive. Journalist and reporter Jon Fleischman has it correct when he says that the measure should be labeled the “Let Violent Criminals out of Prison Early Act of 2016.”

Read the complete article at Susanville Stuff