Defeated AB 931 — legislation that would have risked the lives of police officers and the people they protect
AB 931 would have held officers criminally liable for split-second decisions made while under threat. Instead, we support additional training for police officers and uniform "use of force" policies across the state. While AB 931 was defeated, it will likely be re-introduced next session.
Defeated SB 1279 — a proposal that would have "rewarded" habitual offenders with multiple victims
SB 1279 would have capped penalties for criminals who commit multiple crimes against multiple victims. Under the proposal, a serial rapist would be punished for only two of his rapes, regardless of how many women he terrorized, and a career burglar who broke into 50 homes would receive the same sentence as one who burglarized just two homes. In effect, criminals would "pay" for the first two or three crimes and get the rest for "free" — a crime "discount card" that defies logic, fairness and justice. While SB 1279 died in committee, it could return again next session.
AB 1810 — a new law that allows serious and violent criminals to avoid prosecution and prison
Signed into law by the Governor, AB 1810 allows serious and violent felons, including rapists, armed robbers and child molesters, to avoid prosecution and prison simply by entering and "substantially" completing a short-term mental health treatment program, even though few such programs are available. Hundreds of mental disorders qualify, including "male hypoactive desire sexual disorder," "sexual sadism," "voyeurism," "pyromania," "kleptomania," "depression," and even "restless leg syndrome."
We'll be working with public safety leaders around the state to amend the law to prevent violent and habitual offenders from "gaming" the system to stay out of prison and remain on the street.
Passing the "Reducing Crime and Keeping California Safe Act of 2020"
The Partnership helped qualify an urgently needed public safety initiative for the 2020 statewide ballot. The initiative will reverse some of the most dangerous consequences of Propositions 47 and 57, which include a steep increase in car break-ins, shoplifting and other property crimes, and the early release of inmates convicted of serious and violent crimes, including rape of an unconscious person, assault with a deadly weapon, trafficking a child for sex, domestic violence and assault on a police officer.