‘TOO FAR’: ZEAL FOR CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM SPARKS SERIOUS CRIME WAVES

‘TOO FAR’: ZEAL FOR CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM SPARKS SERIOUS CRIME WAVES

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CVU’s Executive Director, Nina Salarno Besselman, was interviewed for this article:
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By James Varney – The Washington Times – Thursday, February 13, 2020

..The First Step Act, heralded as the most important overhaul to criminal justice laws, capped off a wave of local and state laws that eased bail, shortened sentences and reclassified some crimes. The goals were to ease prison overcrowding, reduce costs and make the system more equitable.

But those goals have sometimes introduced a laxity that endangers America especially at the state level, public safety advocates say.

“We don’t need to roll back, we need to get things back in balance,” said NINA SALARNO BESSELMAN, president of CRIME VICTIMS UNITED OF CALIFORNIA. “There have been unintended consequences to the reforms, which have swung way too far and caused a serious crime wave in California.”

Ms. Salarno Besselman’s group, which claims about 30,000 members, is a strong proponent of the Reducing Crime and Keeping California Safe Act of 2020, which will be on the November ballot in the state and is designed party to “reclassify currently ‘non-violent’ crimes as violent,” and thus “prevent the early release of inmates convicted of these crimes.”

For example, under current law, the rape of an unconscious person is not a violent felony in California, and the seriousness of other crimes such as domestic violence or abuse also have been eased.

The initiative is in response to changes California voters approved in recent years. Some of the champions of those previous measures, such as former Gov. Jerry Brown, are fighting the 2020 proposal, but Ms. Salarno Bessleman says polling indicates the change has wide support….

Read entire article: https://www.washingtontimes.com/…/criminal-justice-reform-…/

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