In California, progressive socialist democrats continually hector us that criminals are victims of the system, have rights, and vote too…
What a great idea…
Let’s ignore commonsense that says decriminalizing a crime or reducing the severity of the charges and subsequent range of punishments usually promotes more of the same crime.
CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2021–2022 REGULAR SESSION
SB 82, as amended, Skinner. Petty theft.
Existing law, the Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act, enacted as an initiative statute by Proposition 47, as approved by the electors at the November 4, 2014, statewide general election, requires the theft of money, labor, or property to be considered petty theft, punishable as a misdemeanor by up to 6 months in county jail, a fine of up to $1,000, or both, whenever the value of the property taken does not exceed $950 or in other cases that are specifically defined as grand theft.
This bill would define the crime of petty theft in the first degree as taking the property from the person of another or from a commercial establishment by means of force or fear without the use of a deadly weapon or great bodily injury. The bill would specifically exclude from the crime of petty theft in the first degree acting in concert with one or more persons to steal merchandise from one or more merchant’s premises or online marketplace with the intent to sell, exchange, or return the merchandise for value.
The bill would define the crime of petty theft in the 2nd degree as all other petty theft. The bill would impose a penalty of imprisonment in county jail for up to one year, a $1,000 fine, or both, for petty theft in the first degree and would prohibit an act of petty theft from being charged as robbery or burglary. By creating a new crime, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program.
This bill would provide a means of vacating the sentence of, and resentencing, a currently incarcerated defendant who had been convicted of robbery, who was sentenced under an alternative sentencing scheme based on one or more prior convictions for robbery, or whose sentence includes an enhancement based on one or more prior convictions for robbery and who would not be convicted of robbery based on the changes made in this bill.
The bill would also provide a means of vacating the sentence of, and resentencing, a person who had previously served a term of imprisonment for robbery and who would not be convicted of robbery based on the changes made in this bill.
By requiring the participation of district attorneys and public defenders in the resentencing process, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program.
Essentially, SB 82 would reduce charges for robberies that do not involve a weapon or assault with great bodily injury from felony crimes to misdemeanors. What is not mentioned is that the pro-criminal prosecutors, especially under the radical San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin, have been instructed to seek diversion for petty crimes and plea down felonies, even those involving guns, to simple misdemeanors.
According to its proponents, the proposed changes in SB 82 would prevent overcharging “non-violent” criminals and reduce the burdens on California’s prison system. What the “proponents” never consider is the psychological damages to victims who appear to be uninjured -- and the cumulative financial burden on Californians.
The bill’s author is an old, white Nancy Pelosi clone…
Senator Nancy Skinner, 67, represents the 9th District which encompasses some of the most radical (Berkeley) and violent (Oakland) areas in California.
She has demonstrably weakened the deterrent to murder by “reforming” California's felony murder law (SB 1437) so that accomplices who don't actually commit the physical murder cannot be convicted of that crime. This gives a pass to all who were physically present and may have aided and abetted the actual murderer.
Less damaging but certainly significant in the prosecution and punishment of criminals is Skinner’s SB 310, misleadingly known as “The Right to a Jury of Your Peers.” The law provides for individuals with a prior felony conviction to serve on juries in California. Criminals judging other criminals. I’m sorry, but my peers do not include convicted felons.
Like most criminal legislation being passed by the one-party majority progressive socialist democrats, Californians are placed at a significantly higher risk from criminals, especially when non-violent crime escalates to violent and deadly crime should the criminal encounter resistance from the victim. This law will encourage more robberies to be committed and more criminals released into our communities.
We are so screwed when radical San Francisco progressive socialist democrats, out of touch with mainstream America, put forth idiocy like SB 82.
DO NOT LET THE DEMOCRATS LEGISLATE AWAY YOUR CIVIL RIGHT TO REMAIN UNMOLESTED BY OTHERS!
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“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS "The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius “A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell
“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS
"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius
“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell