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Jun 13 2018

California Lightens Criminal Punishments: The Predictable Results

The ostensibly unintended consequences of liberal foolishness are often so easily predictable that you have to wonder if they really are unintended. Yet they must be; otherwise, the progressives infesting California would have to be clinically insane. For example, in 2014 the erstwhile Golden State reduced penalties for drug and property crimes. Consequently,

Larcenies increased about 9 percent by 2016, or about 135 more thefts per 100,000 residents than if tougher penalties had remained, according to results of a study by the nonpartisan Public Policy Institute of California released Tuesday.

Thefts from motor vehicles accounted for about three-quarters of the increase. San Francisco alone recorded more than 30,000 auto burglaries last year, which authorities largely blamed on gangs.

The gangs are often of Latin American origin. San Francisco is a magnet for them, being famous for taking its sanctuary status to such an extreme that Jose Garcia Zarate was sentenced to time served for killing Kate Steinle in front of an audience, presumably because he is an illegal alien who has already been deported five times.

Proposition 47 lowered criminal sentences for drug possession, theft, shoplifting, identity theft, receiving stolen property, writing bad checks and check forgery from felonies that can bring prison terms to misdemeanors that often bring minimal jail sentences.

Have moonbats learned anything from this resulting in exactly what any sane person would expect? Lenore Anderson clearly has not. Her Californians for Safety and Justice helped pass Proposition 47.

“This report shows we are making progress,” she said in a statement calling for less spending on prisons and more on programs to help reduce the cycle of crime.

The lightening of drug penalties has also had its effect:

Reduced penalties mean fewer drug addicts now seem to be getting treatment, then “are stealing to support their habit,” said San Luis Obispo County Chief Probation Officer Jim Salio, president of Chief Probation Officers of California.

Before moonbattery spiraled out of control, California was a nice place for everyone. Now, it’s a nice place for criminals.

On tips from Chuck A and Guy B.

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