New California Proposed Initiative Enters Circulation: Amends Three Strikes Sentencing Law For Repeat Offenders

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Secretary of State Alex Padilla has announced the proponents of a new initiative were cleared to begin collecting petition signatures.

alex padilla california secretary of stateThe Attorney General prepares the legal title and summary that is required to appear on initiative petitions. When the official language is complete, the Attorney General forwards it to the proponent and to the Secretary of State, and the initiative may be circulated for signatures. The Secretary of State then provides calendar deadlines to the proponent and to county elections officials. The Attorney General’s official title and summary for the measure is as follows:

AMENDS THREE STRIKES SENTENCING LAW FOR REPEAT OFFENDERS. INITIATIVE STATUTE. Revises the three strikes law to impose a life sentence with possibility of parole only when the third or subsequent conviction is for a violent felony, unless the new offense is a specified sex- or firearm-related crime, or a prior offense was for rape, child molestation, or murder. Requires resentencing of inmates currently serving life with possible parole if they would have received different sentences under this measure. Applies savings to schools, colleges, prison rehabilitation programs, and youth crime prevention programs. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: Net state criminal justice system savings that would likely be in the high tens of millions of dollars initially and could eventually exceed $100 million annually. State savings from the measure would be spent on education, inmate rehabilitation, and youth crime prevention programs. Increased county costs that could exceed $10 million annually, primarily due to increased county community supervision populations. (17-0046.)

The Secretary of State’s tracking number for this measure is 1842 and the Attorney General’s tracking number is 17-0046.

The proponents of the measure, Thomas R. Loversky and Victoria Johnson, must collect the signatures of 365,880 registered voters (five percent of the total votes cast for Governor in the November 2014 general election) in order to qualify it for the ballot. The proponents have 180 days to circulate petitions for the measure, meaning the signatures must be submitted to county elections officials no later than July 16, 2018. The proponents can be reached at (888) 245-9393.
Source: CA. SOS

13 COMMENTS

  1. I would like to know the answer to Cyndi’s questions she posed in February. Is their any one that is monitoring this site.

  2. I’ve heard the deadline was shortened; therefore, there is no time to collect the remaining signatures. I’m loosing hope that this initiative will make it on the ballot this year. I feel this organization has good intentions but the organization around updating people on next steps are not. Another let down unfortunately.

    • You are right Tammy, however, we will continue to work to get it on the ballot 2020. We need volunteers and donations in order to get the Professional Signatures Signers that are needed when we continue to fight for our loved one. I’m not giving up and I hope you all won’t either, there’s still more to do.

      • Thank you Cyndi for your response, I will donate to this organization and will let others know what is needed.

        • thank you right now we are wanting to hire a campaign manager who has been very successful in over 70 nonprofit campaigns, but in order to do that we are asking volunteers to Commit to $25 per week recurring payments for 4 months until the STAFF FUNDING comes thru within the 4 months..he will be able to fundraise and get us ready for next year’s initiative. Please join me in this endeavor

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