Proposition 57 has been highly controversial and with good reason. The goal of this is to reduce the amount of inmates in California prisons by setting them free.
It would be a great idea if these ‘non-violent’ offenders were not people who were serving time for rape, gang-related gun crimes, performing lewd acts against children, and many other terrible things. The poor drafting of this proposition puts all of these things in groups as ‘non-violent’ crimes. This making those people eligible for early parole and release! These are all crimes that are considered ‘non-violent’ under proposition 57:
- Rape by intoxication
- Rape of an unconscious person
- Human trafficking involving sex acts with minors
- Drive-by shootings
- Assault with a deadly weapon
- Hostage taking
- Attempting to explode a bomb at a hospital or school
- Hate crimes causing physical injury
- Domestic violence involving trauma
- Supplying firearms to a gang member
- Failing to register as a sex offender
- Lewd acts against a child 14 or 15
- Discharging a firearm on school grounds
Do these people sound like people we want to have released? Most of the people in prisons are not first-time offenders and have been in and out their whole lives. Letting these people free could potentially be one of the worst moves possible.
With every single parole hearing victims of these criminals are forced to relive what they went through and it is apparent that crime rates will go up as these criminals make their way out into the world once again.
57 gives the state government the authority to reduce the sentences of inmates who have committed terrible deeds when they show ‘good behavior.’ This meaning criminals who have done these things are being treated the same as first-time offenders and that is not fair at all.
Should someone who rapes an unconscious person really be released from prison early? Elderly child molesters who go for young boys? They should be able to cut their sentences in half, right? NO!
While 57 will be saving taxpayers lots of money by reducing wasteful prison spending if this is the lengths we have to go to then they can keep spending that money! They say that they are rehabilitating these inmates and I’m sure that is true in some cases but these people should still serve the time sentenced to them.
The only issue with this proposition is that they have given too broad an area as to what is considered ‘non-violent.’ There is only one good point to this proposition and that is that it has upon being voted into ‘law’ (voted yes by 64 percent in California) been able to reverse a law from the year 2000 that sent juvenile defendants to adult courtrooms more frequently. This should help keep young people out of the system depending on the situation. If they would take these clearly violent act off of their list of ‘non-violent’ crimes then there is no doubt in my mind that proposition 57 could be great. For more information on proposition 57 please watch the videos below.