Signatures submitted for Jerry Brown’s criminal justice initiative

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From Sacramento Bee: Gov. Jerry Brown’s criminal justice initiative may be heading for the fall ballot after proponents on Friday began submitting hundreds of thousands of signatures.
Dana Williamson, a former Brown confidant who is spearheading the campaign, posted a photo online of several cardboard boxes filled with signed petitions. “Heading to counties with nearly a million (signatures) for @JerryBrownGov criminal justice measure,” Williamson wrote on the social media service Twitter. Brown must have about 585,500 valid signatures to qualify for the November 8 ballot.
His measure would override a tough sentencing law he signed during his first stint as governor, in 1976. It would allow certain non-violent felons to seek early parole, give juvenile court judges the power to try a juvenile as an adult after a hearing and permit the state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to allot credits to prisoners for good behavior.
A court challenge to keep it off the ballot is pending before the California Supreme Court.

Jerry Brown: "You have power over your life"

Jerry Brown: Giving felons “power over their lives”


Touting his proposal earlier this year, Brown said there was no incentive now for people in prison to rehabilitate their lives. “You get out at a certain day. Not earlier, not later,” he said of the system. “But if you can get parole, or you can earn credits … for going home earlier, then you have a power over your life. You can take charge. And learning how to take control of your life is exactly what we need people to do.
In addition to opposing the policy, the state prosecutor’s group challenged the mechanics of the initiative. The California District Attorneys Association contends that Brown and his allies short-circuited the process by combining their plan with a different juvenile justice proposal that had been submitted earlier. The case is pending at the state Supreme Court.
Mark Zahner, chief executive for the district attorneys, promised a vigorous opposition campaign beginning next week.
Zahner said in a statement: “With crime rates rising dramatically across the state of California for the first time in decades we believe the voters will be extremely reluctant to pass a measure that allows violent felons who have committed crimes along the likes of domestic violence, human trafficking, rape of an unconscious person and assault with a deadly weapon to be let back out on the streets before serving the time sentenced by a judge.”
Friday is the deadline for initiative proponents to submit their signatures under a bill recently signed by Brown. Supporters of another initiative to direct funding from reusable bag sales to an environmental fund said Thursday that they planned to turn in about 600,000 signatures.
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upaces88
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upaces88

IF I am understanding this correctly…He IS breaking a law; and should be Prosecuted.
When I was going to U.T. SW Medical,I did an internship with Felons .
THEY DO NOT CHANGE. They ARE Sociopaths with narcissistic features..
The are quite good at knowing WHAT to say and how to say it working hard to have anyone believe them. Personally? I don’t know of a case where any of them changed to be “Law Abiding Citizens.”
A colmmon phrase? THEY JUST ARE NOT WIRED RIGHT.

dachsielady
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dachsielady

On the often deceptive surface, Gov. Brown is proposing a good thing. There are too many people in prison for using marijuana and other petty theft and other genuinely minor crimes. If I were CA governor and I wanted to do this good thing, I would be very careful as to how the term “certain non-violent felons” is defined, and maybe, even with a clear and strict defintion, I would want the Hare Checklist for psychopathy to be given to each possible parolee. I also would want an assessment of substance abuse/addiction – were they truly addicted and to what… Read more »

Dan
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Dan

This is a tough one since the criminal justice system across America today is characterized by gross disproportionality in sentencing by leftist judges who use defendants for political purposes to “send a message.”

Auntie Lulu
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Auntie Lulu

We have already seen a couple of instances where inmates got out for “good behavior” and then low and behold they kill someone. This is just another initiative to break down our communities. I don’t trust politicians (who live in gated or well patrolled neighborhoods, where they are immune to most of the crimes of these felons) to in-act laws that will impact you and I, but not impact themselves. Just imagine all the votes that the parolees and their families will give to their “saviors” and all at the expense of the average Joe and his family who will… Read more »

truckjunkie
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truckjunkie

You’ve all seen my stand on the workings of Prisons and the Justice System in general. I agree that Convicts can’t change their stripes except for long enough to convince the Parole board they’ve changed their stripes.
When dealing with California’s politics,we have to remember they’re a far cry from what’s normal in the rest of the free world.

Steven Broiles
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Gov. Brown is a MENTAL PATIENT. The man is clearly out of his mind. But one thing about the justice system for the past 40 years is this: “Trying teenagers as adults.” What does this mean? It means giving teenagers the sentences adults would receive upon conviction. This idea first surfaced about 40 years ago, and at the time, the public cheered. My point is two-fold. First the “War on Drugs” has ruined more lives than the drugs themselves, and it has been instrumental in destroying our social fabric. It has also led to civil asset forfeiture. Let’s be realistic:… Read more »

dachsielady
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dachsielady

Not sure what Brown’s motivations are and did not know he was insane and moronic, but assume we can rule out for the common good reasons. The whole system meltdown has begun. Can see that clearly with each new news story posted here on FOTM. Both the Right and the Left clearly lead to totalitarianism and they are really one. I wonder what would have happened to America if we had been a Christian country with no separation of Church and state*, rather than the Liberté, égalité, fraternité Freemasonic Englightenment product it is. * (And no, Jefferson did not call… Read more »

Marcia Walsh
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aren’t we still under british rule anyway? maritime admiralty law?

japoa
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Very good comment . That gold fringe on the flag when you walk into a courtroom is not there by accident !

Joe
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Joe

The State of California Is controlled by pro-criminal politicians. They’re easy to spot. They have a (D) after their name. A law was passed last year that made stealing a crime only if the value of the articles stolen was over $750.00. Last week, the pro-criminal politicians (D) in the State Senate of California passed eleven gun control bills. These bills will only affect decent honest citizens and make it more difficult for them to defend themselves against the criminals and crazies that are allowed to run loose in California.