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Governor Gavin Newsom at 2019 California Democratic Party State Convention at the George R. Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco, June 1, 2019. (Photo: Gage Skidmore)

California’s Alarming Cocktail of Criminal Justice ‘Reforms’ Responsible for Major Crime Wave

The house that Californians built and Democrats remodeled is on fire

By Katy Grimes, November 22, 2021 2:18 am

The house that Californians built and Democrats cheaply remodeled is on fire. Some of the headlines from this past weekend prove this:

This crime wave is also reflected in recent Globe articles about Walgreens announcing that five additional outlets in San Francisco would be closing on top of the 17 already shuttered just since 2019, as well as serious daily theft and crime troubles at the iconic Target on Mission Street between Third and Fourth Streets. “This store loses $25,000 a day to shoplifting,” an SFPD officer recently told the Globe in lengthy, taped interviews. “That’s $25,000 that walks out the door on average between 9 and 6 every day.”

A homeless man at the Target in the Mission District lowers his pants and loads them with goods on Oct. 21, 2021. (Photo by Melody Kurson for California Globe)

California was once the land of opportunity and innovation. There was a time when nearly anyone with a good idea and work ethic could open a business. California led the nation in manufacturing – today there isn’t much manufacturing left in the state. California’s schools were once envied by the nation – today they rank at the bottom of the list of states. California agriculture has always provided for more than just our state, but even that is under attack. What made California great is systematically being destroyed.

Prison Realignment and Props. 47 & 57 – A Premeditated Crushing of California

The chickens have come home to roost.

“California has implemented an alarming cocktail of criminal justice ‘reforms’ that are likely to lead to a major crime wave into 2016,” I wrote in the chapter on crime in James Lacy‘s Taxifornia 2016, for which I interviewed Sacramento District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert. She was instrumental in providing confirmation about the rising crime rate in Sacramento and California. I wrote:

“In 2014, California voters were sold on reforming the state’s drug laws with Proposition 47. However, the measure covered more crimes than non-violent drug offenders. Moreover, drug addicts are likely to get less treatment in the state’s drug courts because prosecutors have lost a bargaining chip in the plea process. Add to it the court-ordered prisoner releases as a part of the state’s prison realignment under the 2011 AB 109 law, and you have a state ripe for a surge in crime; such as what is already underway in Oakland, which even after Jerry Brown’s eight years on-the-scene as Mayor, the FBI still considers one of the most dangerous cities in America.”

As the Globe has consistently and repeatedly reported, there were three big legal changes that fostered the anarchy, violence and chaos in California today.

Assembly Bill 109, in 2011, was then-Gov. Jerry Brown’s signature legislation he sold as “prison realignment.” However, AB 109 only served to overwhelm county jails by re-housing “nonviolent” state offenders from prison. AB 109 has been a failure. “Governor Brown had a choice. He could have built more prisons, but instead he reduced the population by releasing or pushing inmates to local county jails, which are not designed to house someone past a year and prevents law enforcement from taking low-level offenders in,” Ronald A. Lawrence, the Citrus Heights Chief of Police and President of the California Police Chiefs Association, told the Globe in 2020.

Proposition 47, passed by misinformed voters in 2014, flagrantly titled “The Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act,” decriminalized drug possession from a felony to a misdemeanor, removing law enforcement’s ability to make an arrest in most circumstances, as well as removing judges’ ability to order drug rehabilitation programs rather than incarceration. And perhaps the most obvious aspect of Prop. 47 on display today raised the theft threshold to $950 per location, and bumped theft down to a misdemeanor from a felony.

Notably, U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) opposed Prop. 47, concerned that it would reclassify a wide range of crimes from a felony to a misdemeanor, and would result in the re-sentencing and release of thousands of individuals already convicted of these crimes. She was correct, as her concerns came to fruition.

Proposition 57, shamelessly titled “the Public Safety and Rehabilitation Act,” now allows nonviolent felons to qualify for early release, and parole boards can now only consider an inmate’s most recent charge, and not their entire history because of this proposition. Notably, both Prop. 47 and 57 were given their ballot titles by then-Attorney General Kamala Harris.

Crimes now considered “nonviolent” under Proposition 57 in California include:

  • human trafficking of a child
  • rape of an unconscious person or by intoxication
  • drive by shooting at inhabited dwelling or vehicle
  • assault with a firearm or deadly weapon
  • assault on a police officer
  • serial arson
  • exploding a bomb to injure people
  • solicitation to commit murder
  • assault from a caregiver to a child under eight years old that could result in a coma or death
  • felony domestic violence. 

Democrats even killed six real criminal justice reform bills in the California Legislature in 2019, which would have addressed Prop. 57’s flaws and expanded the definition of violent crime to include human trafficking, elder and dependent adult abuse, assault with a deadly weapon, rape, and other crimes most Californians consider violent.

Is it any wonder we see these headlines today?

Nearly all Democrat politicians in California supported Props. 47 and 57, and AB 109, despite the warnings from law enforcement, judges, parole boards, police and sheriffs, District Attorneys and Assistant DA’s.

California Officials who supported 2014 Proposition 47

Remember these politicians: Gov. Gavin Newsom, former Senate President and current Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg, former Oakland Mayor, California Attorney General and Gov. Jerry Brown, former Sen. President Don Perata, former Sen. President Kevin de Leon, former Senator and current Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara, former Assembly Speaker John Perez, former Assembly Speaker and current Rep. Karen Bass, former Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez, Sen. President Toni Atkins, Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, Sen. Nancy Skinner, Sen. Scott Wiener, former Sen. Mark Leno, and former California Attorney General, former U.S. Senator and current Vice President Kamala Harris, all have a recent hand in destabilizing California with their felonious legislation and policies.

How can any of these politicians claim their criminal justice “reforms” are successful, unless today’s violent crime and anarchy was always the end goal?

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21 thoughts on “California’s Alarming Cocktail of Criminal Justice ‘Reforms’ Responsible for Major Crime Wave

  1. Everything these Democratic Communists are doing is to destabilize and consolidate for bankruptcy the state of California. Once the state is bankrupted, it will be bought up by the powers-that-be. They should all be fired for their anti-American activities. Of course as long as you have dominion voting systems counting the votes, we will be stuck with them. Think about it

    1. Appreciate your comment, Debra H. But more than fired, shouldn’t we be seeing many of them charged, prosecuted, convicted, and imprisoned? There has been a tsunami of destruction under their reign, Dictator Newsom being a prime example, and in a very short time. Why are they immune? Of course I contend that part of the goal as these people lay waste to our standards of criminal prosecution and any idea of paying a debt to society (just as one example of many) is that they are also protecting themselves.
      Will we ever see the day when our “leaders” are made to answer for the wreckage they have caused in our state?

  2. Katy, thank you for writing up a succinct list of horrid legislation and those who full heartily supported this junk! The fabricators mislead many uninformed voters with deceitful titles such as “The Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act”.

    I encourage all to share this article with family and friends. This is not a right vs left argument. The list above present facts, the “breadcrumbs” that lead to the truth.

    My extended family keeps asking how did this happen? They do not feel safe here. Many of my family have moved or are in the process. Please keep in mind these are not people who are politically aligned right or left. Most of us just want to live our lives, provide for our families and feel secure and safe in our neighborhoods.

    The California Globe has provided the roadmap as to how we got here. These policies need to be abolished, they are dismantling a once great state. Unless you have been living behind a guarded gate or under a rock, the reality has been playing out in every city in this state over the years.

    Encourage family and friends to turn off the local news that only reports the crime incident in an 8 second soundbite. The legacy news is not designed to bring the whole story, we must do our own homework and research. We also must vote out anyone in office that stands by and defends this so called justice reformation! Open your eyes, believe your eyes and use discernment.
    I would also like to add that the breakdown of family and the disregard for religious values has greatly contributed to the decline of our society. The Ten Commandments once were the bedrock of a civil society.

    A utopian society always devolves into a dystopian society.

    1. @One Fed Up Cali Girl, your comments speak for many of us. California is being intentionally destroyed by corrupt politicians.

  3. Comrades
    Fear is a control and dependency tool of our dear Commissars. Ruling is not enough, you must be ravaged and destitute….feel anything yet?

    1. Comrade Queeg, yes I do…disgusted and frustrated. The state is waiting for another opportunity to inflict punishment. The Country I love is being savaged. But I will never say “2+2=5”

      1. I suggest that you start with Chapter 5 (The Slide into Hyper-Inflation). As you read think about what’s been happening here…Dotcom Bubble, 9/11, Iraq/Afghanistan, Mortgage Meltdown, QE, Antifa/BLM….and so forth to now. The pattern is almost a carbon copy. The process of cultural destruction does NOT happen overnight. You might want to read The Big Short (Michael Lewis) as well. The scary thing about this time, is that it’s happening all over the world…..not JUST in one country.

  4. This is the most effective and powerful indictment of elected public officials were likely to ever see. Thank you for shining a bright light on the
    dangerous and destructive actions of those who have been destroying California.

  5. Katy, excellent summary of the tools of the left to breed this crime wave.
    Here’s the worst part. The leaders of this state do not care how bad it gets. In fact, they want it to be unsafe. They have one goal: To turn this state into a Third World state of poverty and dependency. So if the electric power is out, they don’t care. If there is not enough water, they don’t care. If criminals run rampant, they don’t care.

  6. Katy, thank you for writing this article. Your commitment to reporting the truth is exceptional. The destruction of California is intentional. Even an abject politician cannot be this consistently wrong without acknowledging the product of their collective and destructive decisions. There will be no electoral driven change in California. California is ruled and not governed by the democrats. California is “blue state” paradise…foul, unruly, unsafe and oppressive to law-abiding citizens. Anyone that stands for justice will be punished by the state. Where to go?

  7. —“They are trying to wreck the country.” Tucker Carlson

    When you look through that lens, and only when you look through that lens, everything the #DemParty and its accomplices, collaborators, and comrades are doing makes sense.

    1. No dude. I come from a law enforcement family and they are wrecking the country. The Dems that is. Look at all that is going on. Defunding the police, emptying the prisons, leftist DA’s , and restrictive gun laws aimed toward law abiding citizens. I could go on. The bottom line is the left destroys everything it touches.

  8. SF and the Bay Area are a disaster. I was a resident for 60 years…enough is enough, high taxes, high crime, bums everywhere, filthy roads, graffiti, government pandering to the left wing wackos. People and businesses leaving in droves…CA is sinking

  9. Hey, Katy,thanks so much for this..as you were on John Kobylt & Ken Champiou’s (EXTREMELY popular!) “John & Ken show”, I linked from the article on their page. A least over here in Riverside County, pretty rural like, like a safer state..(but,still, real progress without being “progressive”‘s gotta be done!)

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