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“We filed a lawsuit against the very untruths they’re saying in this ad — but they’ll say anything to win”
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California’s leading crime survivors and victims’ advocates today denounced a TV ad paid for by the No on 20 campaign that makes “wholly dishonest statements” about Proposition 20.
“They call Prop. 20 a ‘prison spending scam’ yet it doesn’t send a single person to prison — not one,” says Nina Salarno Besselman, President of Crime Victims United and also a Deputy District Attorney. “Nor does it allocate any additional monies for prisons.
“Our campaign actually filed a lawsuit against the very untruths in this ad, which the ‘No’ campaign tried to include in their ballot argument. They even signed a settlement agreement acknowledging that they needed to change their deceptive language. But now they’ll apparently say anything to win.”
Among the other claims the “No” campaign acknowledged in a legal settlement were deceptive, yet are continuing to use, include:
– Locks up teenagers for non-violent crimes — UNTRUE
– Ending effective rehabilitation programs — UNTRUE
– Reduces funds for mental health — UNTRUE
“Our opponents can’t fight us on the facts, so they’re making up lies,” said Patricia Wenskunas, Founder/CEO of Crime Survivors, Inc. “Because the fact is that Prop. 20 will reclassify certain crimes that California currently considers ‘nonviolent’ — like rape of an unconcious person, pimping a child for sex and domestic violence — as violent, to ensure that they are not released early under Prop. 57. And they certainly don’t want to talk about that.”
“As survivors and justice seekers, this is very personal for us,” said Marc Klaas, father of Polly Klaas and founder of Klaas Kids Foundation. “And while Prop. 20 is carefully crafted to increases rights and protections for victims, it’s by no means extreme.”
Proposition 20 is also endorsed by WEAVE, nearly every major public safety organization in the state, Congress for Racial Equality, International Faith Based Coalition, Organization for Justice and Equality, Association of Deputy District Attorneys, League of California Cities, California Chamber of Commerce, California Grocers Association, California Retailers Association, National Federation of Independent Business and thousands of others Californians.
For more information, visit yeson20.org.
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