“Three Strikes and You’re Out” 15 Year Report shows an average of 1,000,000 serious or violent crimes are prevented every 5 years and 10,000 Californians spared from becoming murder victims since its passage in 1994. One amazing fact is that although California’s population has gone up by 14,000,000 residents since its passage crime has not gone up proportionately. A remarkable statistic. We’ve made a distributable PDF version available. Mike Reynolds has written some remarks to introduce this study.
Tough on crime law have saved lives; don’t turn back
by Pete Wilson
Special to The Bee
OCTOBER 2, 2016
A crucial decision confronts voters deciding Proposition 57 of the Nov. 8 ballot. What is of greater value: money the state might save from prematurely releasing several thousand felons from prison in the questionable hope that they will prove to be nonviolent. Or is it not far more important to prevent the probable and far greater human cost of the criminal violence and suffering and deaths that will result from their release?
California sees sharp increase in crime, fueling political debate. By Dan Walters.
Orinda, an affluent, bucolic Contra Costa County town, would seem to be an unlikely scene for a vicious street crime.
However, one day last week, two armed robbers wearing Halloween masks confronted a couple, both 70 years old, as they unloaded groceries in their driveway. They battered the man, even though he surrendered his wallet, and shot his wife twice before fleeing.
It will be recorded as one of the approximately 170,000 violent crimes committed in California this year – and after several decades of decline, armed robberies, rapes, homicides and other violent crimes are on the upswing.
California moves to soften criminal penalties. Breaking news, insight on the Valley’s political movers and shakers.
The further “dumbing down” of our crime laws is exactly what we “don’t” need in the middle of the crime wave that is gripping California.
Realignment and Prop 47 was also said to save millions of dollars but instead has increased corrections costs by billions of dollars.
This is a policy that encourages repeat offenders, raises crime rates and increases the cost to police and local law enforcement who try to stop crimes that no longer carry penalties.
Retired Appeals Court Justice James Ardaiz contributed remarks in our local Fresno Bee’s August 31 issue of Valley Voices to the upcoming issue surrounding Prop 57 on this November’s ballot. Justice Ardaiz spells out that though California is already suffering a crime wave due previous “soft on crime” efforts by Governor Brown, surprisingly Brown seeks to release yet another 10,000 of California’s worst of the worst felony offenders.
California Crime Measure Triggers 52,000 Fewer Arrests
Law enforcement officials said drug offenders may now commonly be cited and released, or ignored because there may be little penalty if they are arrested. There were about 22,000 fewer drug arrests last year.
Multiple courts reported an increase in failures to appear for misdemeanor arraignments since Proposition 47 passed, the Judicial Council of California found in a survey of 40 of the state’s 58 county superior courts.
“If people aren’t showing up in court, if they’re not going to go to drug court, we’re going to see what we’re seeing, which is increased crime rates in our communities,” said Ventura Police Chief Ken Corney, president of the California Police Chiefs Association. Continue reading …
REPORTS SHOW CRIME INCREASING ACROSS CALIFORNIA The CJLF found a new source for “reliable” crime rate data, The California Police Chiefs Association. They showed double digit increases in 2015 of violent crime (15.41%) and property crime (15.25%) likely related to Jerry Brown’s super generous release of felons under AB109/Realignment and Proposition 47 which made over 400 felony crimes into misdemeanors.
Also the FBI showed similar results with their 2015 Preliminary Uniform Crime Report with California showing a 12.9% increase in violent crime and a 9.2% increase in property crime from January through June 2015.
Dan Walters: Jerry Brown’s bill helps his crime initiative quest Coincident? Not likely, but an end run around the system by a master politician. The grievous aspect is that Governor Brown used taxpayer dollars and our system against their better interests to release yet more criminals. Walters calls this “smarmy.” That is something of an understatement.
The Stanford School of Law’s Progress Report on their Proposition 36 initiative came into our hands recently and is available here for reading. Mike Reynolds had some remarks about details you may have not considered; you may read them here.
State, judges should rethink early release of some felons. We are seeing the vast majority of these early-release 3 Strikers back in custody on new charges for new crimes within a very short time. Just how much does the state save when you figure in the cost of a new trial complete with a new defense and prosecution lawyers with no account for the impact to the victims of these repeat offenders?
Today the Fresno and Sacramento Bee newspapers came out against Prop 47, saying it goes too far too soon. That, is an understatement. Read the Bee’s editorial opinion.
PROPOSITION 47 AND 3 STRIKES The simple overview sums up Prop. 47 as reducing approximately 400 offenses on the California felony list to only misdemeanors when the amount of the loss is less than $950. It then would require time to be served as 1 year or less in county jail. This, of course, is subject to 50% “good time” credits. There is, however, a more damaging aspect to California’s 3 Strikes law that goes beyond the impact of Prop. 36. Prop. 36 reduced all third strikes that were not serious or violent to second strike status requiring that the penalty for the non serious or violent felony be doubled and 80% of the time be served in “state prison.” Now many offenders walking our streets with strikes are facing second strike penalties if they commit a new felony. Continue reading …
Gov. Jerry Brown’s prison reforms haven’t lived up to his billing. Although Jerry Brown claims the so-called prison crisis is over, today, California is spending nearly $2 billion a year more on incarceration than when Brown introduced his strategy in 2011. The prisons are still overcrowded, and the state has been forced to release inmates early to satisfy federal judges overseeing the system. Counties, given custody of more than 142,000 felons so far, complain that the state isn’t paying full freight for their supervision. Many jails are now overcrowded, and tens of thousands of criminals have been freed to make room for more. This development elicited some remarks by Mike Reynolds. Read “Realignment to Nowhere.“
Recently released, the Preliminary FBI Uniform Crime Report for 2012 shows marked increases for all categories of crime throughout California. Keep in mind that the 2012 data are for only 6 months.
In 1995 this was BIG NEWS. In fact, it was apparent to Three Strikes most vocal critiques, among them the editors of this paper in which this article ran. View the article as it appeared on that day in 1995.
In light of the recent introduction of an initiative to greatly weaken 3 Strikes by a Stanford Law professor, you would think that a Bay Area Law School would be the last place you would expect to find a positive review on 3 Strikes.
We are often asked, “How did 3 Strikes get started? What was its origin?” The story is best told in a segment from ABC’s 20 20 TV show with Barbara Walters and Hugh Downs. It was first aired January 19, 1994.