A ballot proposition that will appear on the November 2020 ballot in California, if passed, would significantly increase the number of violent felonies as well as require the collection of DNA from individuals convicted of some misdemeanor offenses. The title of the ballot proposition is “Violent Crime, DNA Collection and Parole Initiative.” The proposition has not yet been assigned a number or a letter that will be included on the ballot.
“We must work together in order to stop this ballot proposition,” stated ACSOL Executive Director Janice Bellucci. “If this ballot proposition is passed, it will reverse the progress made in AB 109, Proposition 47 and Proposition 57 resulting in increased prison sentences and other significant harm.”
Specifically, the ballot proposition would increase the total number of violent felonies from 27 to 51. There are currently only 9 sex offenses identified as violent felonies and the ballot proposition would increase that number to 14.
According to government records, those who support the ballot proposition have raised about $1.7 million. Supporters include a wide range of law enforcement organizations including the Los Angeles Police Protective League, the Peace Officers Research Association and the Association for Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs.
Those who oppose the ballot proposition have raised about $1.4 million. Opponents include the ACLU, Californians Against Prison Spending Scam, the California Public Safety and Rehabilitation Fund and former Governor Jerry Brown.
“There are more than 100,000 residents of California listed on the state’s sex offender registry,” stated ACSOL President Chance Oberstein. “Most of those individuals are eligible to vote and should not only vote against the ballot proposition, but also encourage members of their families and friends to vote against it.”