Initiative to end early release of rapists and child traffickers

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On Monday a coalition of police officers and prosecutors proposed a California ballot initiative to end the early release of rapists and child traffickers, as well as expand the number of crimes for which law enforcement can collect DNA samples from those convicted.

The measure would reverse parts of Prop 47, which reduced some crimes considered "non-violent" from felonies to misdemeanors.

15 crimes would be added to the list of violent crimes for which early release is not an option. The following crimes are included:

  • Child abuse
  • Rape of an unconscious person
  • Trafficking a child for sex
  • Domestic violence
  • Assault with a deadly weapon

Sacramento County District Attorney  Anne Marie Schubert, a leader of the coalition behind the measure, said:

“These reforms make sure that truly violent criminals stay in jail and don’t get out early."

Law enforcement would also be able to collect DNA for certain crimes, including drug offenses, that were lowered to misdemeanors under Prop 47.

Click here for more at the L.A. Times.

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