By Shaun Rundle, Deputy Director
Various law enforcement organizations have joined CPOA in the support coalition for the “Reducing Crime and Keeping California Safe Act of 2018.” The initiative has been gathering signatures rapidly, while also seeing several cities, counties, and community groups openly embracing and supporting the ballot measure. CPOA’s board of directors directed funding for polling last fall, and we are pleased to see the progress made thus far.
Essentially, the initiative will:
- Reclassify currently “non-violent” crimes like rape of an unconscious person, sex trafficking of a child and 14 other serious crimes as “violent” — to prevent the early release of inmates convicted of these crimes
- Reform the parole system to stop the early release of violent felons, expand parolee oversight, and strengthen penalties for parole violations
- Reform theft laws to restore accountability for serial thieves and organized theft gangs
- Expand DNA collection to include those convicted of drug, theft, domestic violence and other serious crimes to help solve rape, murder and other violent crimes — and to exonerate those wrongly accused
Several city councils and boards of supervisors throughout California have adopted resolutions supporting the initiative, and the recent apprehension of the Golden State Killer has shed some new light on DNA collection and its use in solving crimes.
View the list of the support coalition here.