THE PEOPLE’S FAIR SENTENCING AND PUBLIC SAFETY ACT OF 2018

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THE PEOPLE’S FAIR SENTENCING AND PUBLIC SAFETY ACT OF 2018

Initiative by

WE THE PEOPLE ORG.

www.wethepeopleorg.com

(888)245-9393

LETTER OF INTENT

CALL FOR JUSTICE

The People’s Fair Sentencing and Public Safety Act of 2018 is a proposed ballot initiative aimed at curbing wasteful spending of precious tax dollars through safe and sensible sentencing reform. For decades our state has needlessly wasted billions of taxpayer dollars by implementing irrational sentencing laws. Indeed, the cost of imprisoning each of California’s 130,000 inmates is expected to reach a record $75,560 in the next year, more than enough to cover the annual cost of attending Harvard University!* Failure to properly address the prison crisis has led to a decline in budgeting for education, public health care, social programs and other areas of concern.

At the forefront of this dilemma is California’s controversial “Three Strikes Law”, Enacted in 1994, the Three Strikes Law was touted as a mechanism for incapacitating violent repeat offenders such as child molesters, rapists, and murderers. However, certain provisions in the law have lead to many nonviolent offenders being sentenced to gratuitous “life sentences.” As a result, millions of precious tax dollars are being needlessly wasted annually to house nonviolent, low risk, and aging inmates.

This is magnified by the manner in which the penal code classifies certain crimes. In some cases, property crimes such as burglary and robbery do not involve any violence yet are classified as violent felonies. This act seeks to rectify this illogical practice by amending the penal code to make a distinction between violence and nonviolence. Under federal guidelines this very distinction exists; 18 USC 3559 (3)(H)(i), (ii). The amendments will serve to protect nonviolent offenders from suffering miscarriages of justice.

In November of 2016, California voters overwhelmingly approved Proposition 57, which many believed would remedy prison overcrowding and save taxpayer’s dollars by offering a chance for early release to “all nonviolent” offenders. However, CDCR and state officials disregarded the will of California voters and arbitrarily excluded nonviolent third strikers notwithstanding Propositions 57’s clear mandate.

The People’s Fair Sentencing and Public Safety Act of 2018 reinforces the will of the People by:

  • Saving hundreds of millions of tax dollars which will be reinvested in education to offset sky high college tuitions. Some of this money will also be allocated to lower education institutions with designs on better educating our youth.
  • Investing in rehabilitation, and youth crime prevention programs.
  • Requiring resentencing as second strikers for third strikers convicted of nonviolent crimes. This entails sentencing the defendant to double the time the crime normally carries, plus any additional sentence enhancements that were used in the original sentencing hearing.
  • Comporting with current resentencing regulations that promote public safety concerns by ensuring that child molesters, rapists, murderers, and other dangerous offenders remain behind bars.
  • Alleviating prison overcrowding, and federal intervention.

It’s time to stop playing on the public’s fears, and time to implement smart and safe strategies to combat the injustices we face today. Locking up nonviolent, low risk, offenders and throwing away the key is not conducive to liberty, justice, and the American way. Indeed, fair sentencing is a catapult for positive change in our justice system. By focusing on the expansion of educational opportunities, rehabilitation, and crime prevention programs, The People’s Fair Sentencing and Public Safety Act of 2018 validates the old adage, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Perhaps by removing some of the causes we might end the effect.

 

*The press democrat: Monday, June 5, 2017, p.A5, by Don Thompson Associated press

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CREDITS
#1 Lizzy Stewart: Mom / activist
#2 Geri Silva: Activist formed facts and fair chance program
#3 Anthony Stewart: Son- offender- victim of California’s unfair sentencing laws.
#4 Bill Roberts: Former Los Angeles former Los Angeles DA
#5 Gretchen Burns Bergman: t New Path and Mom United
#6 James Whitehouse: appellate attorney ( Harvard grad )
#7 Dan Liffick : Executive producer/Director

43 COMMENTS

  1. Roberta peppler once the governor gave CDCR the lead on deciding how and who to process for the prop.57 it seems as if “ALOT” of what was supposed to be is not happening….. That’s why we the people org. has created “THE PEOPLE’S FAIR SENTENCING AND PUBLIC SAFETY ACT OF 2018.

    • Under The People’s Fair Sentencing and Public Safety Act. Enhancements will be allowed, but the life sentence, and parole board hearings will be eliminated which will effectively grant instant relief to vast majority of nonviolent third strikers who qualify under this act.

    • Right now the organization is forming a “initiative committee” that will serve as the think tank as far as the direction the initiative, as well as the planning of the initative and the direction taken…as well as any plans of raising funds or popularity….

    • Changing the laws requires a step by step process. In other words we must take one bite of the apple at a time. Prop 57 removes all enhancements​ from non violent offenders with “determinate sentences,” The passage of this act will allow nonviolent former 3rd strikers to qualify for the removal of their enhancements, consecutive sentences​, etc, under the provisions of Prop 57 as they will no longer have indeterminate sentences.

      • How will this new initiative help someone with a prior with 10-15 years between each violent crime second one shooting in a dwelling and nobody got hurt? We they remove enhancements because of a prior? Well this still be considered a violent crime?

        • It won’t necessarily change anything for someone under those circumstances. However, the committee is working on possibly adding an enhancements pkg. to the initiative.

          • Devohn, simply put, this initiative will require that in order to receive an indeterminate sentence your 3rd strike must be a truly violent offense. The initiative committee may add more to it in the future. This will help at least a couple thousand people. What are you suggesting?

          • I guess it all depends what is being considered non violent? An assault with a deadly weapon but no injuries second offense. This is what I’m interested in.

    • We the people org, is working hard to get this initiative on the ballot. Check this site for updates or call the toll free number to see how you can contribute to making this initiative a success Valerie.

  2. Now we need this to pass more than ever. Because cdcr just released the permanent regulations this morning and they made no changes 😡.

  3. Gabby, wethepeople are currently making arrangements to launch our social media, and fundraising campaigns. We’re gonna need signature gatherers in order to get this initiative on the ballot.

  4. What’s going on. I tried to called to see what it’s going on if we don’t have any new news on this we can’t help or do anything, we need to be inform.

    • Right now we are in the process of negotiating with the ground level campaign people and assembling the committee that will be commissioned to move this is initiative forward, it will take a couple of weeks to get everything in place, and we definitely welcome any ideas or assistance from the people so if you have any input or ideas about something to assist in moving this initiative forward please contact us at 888)245-9393, we will always listen to the people.

  5. I think we need to get on the ballot for the state of California to allow inmates to go up for parole after serving 1/3 of their sentence like the other states ! It doesn’t mean they will get approved but allow our loved ones to show that they have changed and made a small mistake ! The only people that get to go up for parole is ppl with indeterminate sentence like 15 years to life .. they go up after 15yrs , but some one who was charged for instance burglary who got 8+7+8+4=27 yrs (determinate) never goes up for parole 🤔🤔🤔 how does that even make sense ?? that person that received 27yrs may be a changed person after serving 9 yrs they should get a chance to show that , also we need to fight for a credit change , do you know that if a person has 20 yrs and only been in jail 5yrs , the credits they are receiving is falling off the back not the front , meaning if they qualify for SB261 and they have 5 yrs credit and was charged 20 yrs for burglary, and they get 2 years credit for school they don’t have 7 yrs going into 20 yrs pushing them closer to the 15 yr mark so they can go up for parole , instead the credits fall off the back so they have 5 yrs going into now 18 which means they still have to do 10 yrs to get to 15 yrs to go up for parole under sb261 instead of with the credits they have to do 8yrs to go up for parole , they system is playing our loved ones and it’s time we get this on track !!!! Also people who remove themselves from a gang and have to get protective custody for trying to better their life needs equal opportunity to work their time off with (fire camp) which is not available to them , in which it is unfair also , can we get this in there too ?

  6. Are you guys looking into where the big money 💰 is going to come from because without money we can’t move forward with this.

  7. California teachers association, the Democratic Party association.the Facebook guy. Try to contact this organizations.

    • Thanks, wethepeople intend on soliciting aid from any organization who wants to lend support. Wethepeople welcomes you to reach out for assistance as well. The biggest challenge is gathering the signatures​. But I have faith that we will make this happen.

  8. I too would be interested in helping you out. But also at the beginning of the month I submitted my initiative to the AG and it’s up for commenting and in the Analysts office. Not sure how but maybe we can collaborate or help each other out. Let me know.

    • Amy how are you doing? My name is Mitchell McDowell, treasurere of We The People org. Please call our toll free number 888)245-9393 and ask them to put you through to me, if I’m unavailable leave me your contact number, and I will contact you.

  9. No, because this initiative offers true relief to all nonviolent 3rd strikers who qualify. Prop 57, is very narrow and limited even if they include 3rd strikers. This initiative is far more inclusive and there won’t be any controversy when it passes.

  10. A lot of the problems with rehabilitation in prisons is space to hold rehabilitation programs and CDCR’s control of the space. Will the initiative address the limitation of the state facilities and the control issues?

    • Embedded in the initiative itself is a directive specifically for reinvesting monies saved by the passage of this act towards prisoner rehabilitation programs. So there’s a strong likelihood that your concerns will be addressed by this Act.

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