Another controversial California criminal law ballot initiative to be voted on this November is Proposition 6. Known as the Police and Law Enforcement Funding and Criminal Penalties and Laws Initiative Statute, the proposal will require a minimum of nearly one billion dollars in state funding for California law enforcement. This will be an increase of at least $365 million in the first year.
Among the initiatives are:
- Increase penalties and toughen law enforcement procedures and processes for any crime deemed to be “gang related”
- Gang related criminal charges include car theft and methamphetamine distribution. Any meth possession will also become a felony charge.
- Increased funding for many different criminal law enforcement related functions primarily local police and sheriffs offices, as well as probation programs, juvenile justice programs, offender rehabilitation, construction of new county jails,
- Allowed admission of “hearsay evidence” in criminal court will be expanded to include cases where someone has “tampered with or otherwise intimidated a witness”
The full text of the proposition is here, as well as a detailed analysis.
A broad coalition of law enforcement agencies such as the California Police Chief’s Association, and the California District Attorney Association support the bill. That is not surprising, and they are not objective parties, since they are likely to benefit significantly with increased resources from the bill.
Opponents of Proposition 6 is largely based around the enormous costs of the proposal, at a time when California has significant budget shortfall.
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