We're hearing from more and more people pissed off over Prop 47. That's the one that reduced some felony crimes to misdemeanors. We're told that criminals can't be held in jail. Here's a letter to the editor from today's Santa Rosa Press- Democrat:
"I want to lay it out simply for the people of California, because of
the millions of dollars of misinformation dumped into Proposition 47
Thanks to Proposition 47 passing, the
following is an immediate reality: If a law enforcement officer pulls an
unlicensed, illegal immigrant over in possession of a stolen vehicle
(worth less than $900), who has a stolen, concealed, loaded handgun
(worth less than $900), is in possession of a TV he just shoplifted that
is worth less than $900, and is smoking a personal amount of
methamphetamine, the officer would be required to cite the individual
and release him or her because all of these crimes are misdemeanors,
unless the person is a convicted felon.
The officer could face false arrest
charges for booking the individual in jail. The officer couldn’t even
detain the person for immigration, as that would be an unlawful
detention and violation of the person’s rights.
If the fictional individual in my
scenario went to court, and pleaded guilty to the crimes, he would
receive a two-year maximum sentence with half time for good behavior,
and would not necessarily face deportation."
That’s the California we live in. Wow."
Funny that I was reading things like this before Prop 47 passed. All the talk about criminals being released and no punishment. Yet if you look back to the Lost Coast Outpost and the various letters to the editor of newspapers, the same sentiments were being expressed as long as I can remember, yet the day after last election, the blame shifts to Prop 47.
I'll be the first to admit there might well be problems with Prop 47. I'd still suggest that that nothing's really changed out on the streets. The jails are still full and people will still be being released pretty much as they always have been.