“California Voters to Decide” | Prop 47

I’m voting “Yes” on Prop 47 this coming November 2014 …

Not so very long ago (November 2012) there was a hopeful confidence that the California death penalty would finally be eliminated by “California Voters” and replaced with life in prison without the possibility of parole (another kind of death penalty). Proposition 34, titled by election officials as “Death Penalty. Initiative Statute”, was on the November 6, 2012 ballot in California as an initiated state statute, where it was defeated. Lets hope that we’ve continued to evolve as a species since that November …

But is it our “evolving standards of decency” or perhaps just plain old economic insecurity that now suggests 3 strikes, and other inhumane sentencing schemes, will finally be struck from the Laws of California?

I don’t particularly care about the “California Voter” motivation at this point, so long as these cruel, unusual, draconian and absurd 3 strikes sentences are stopped. And the New York Times suggests that such may transpire this November 2014 by Prop 47

New York Times – California Voters to Decide on Sending Fewer Criminals to Prison

“Twenty years ago, amid a national panic over crime, California voters adopted the country’s most stringent three-strikes law, sentencing repeat felons to 25 years to life, even if the third offense was a minor theft.

The law epitomized the tough-on-crime policies that produced overflowing prisons and soaring costs.

Now California voters appear poised to scale back the heavy reliance on incarceration they once embraced, with a measure that would transform several lower-level, nonviolent felonies into misdemeanors punishable by brief jail stays, if that, rather than time in a state penitentiary. The referendum on Nov. 4 is part of a national reappraisal of mass incarceration…”


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