It’s time for yet another of the ever-popular, and rage-inducing, THC polls, and this one should hit pretty close to home for many of us in Humboldt.
California is set to enact a new set of regulations on shortened sentences for all kinds of criminals in our state prison system, and is geared towards providing credits or incentives for rehabilitation of criminals. The overall aim is to reduce our prison populations and to keep former inmates from going back into prison.
While this issue is slightly different from the horrendous Prop 47, which Humboldt citizen’s often blame for some of Humboldt’s finest getting the good ol’ catch-and-release treatment as soon as they get booked for a crime, it highlights a concerning question: is going easier on various types of crime a good thing for California?
You can read more in-depth about the proposed changes here:
The most controversial debate around Prop 57 circles around the treatment of sex-offenders in the parole system. Read more on that here:
But an even bigger problem with Prop 57, in THC’s opinion, is California’s definition of what is or is not a violent crime. Take this other article from the LA times, which details how a man charged with drugging, assaulting, and raping women could walk free much sooner than expected because his crimes weren’t classified as “violent”.
Call us crazy, but there seems to be a big problem with that.
And now it’s voting time, THC fans: Prop 57, love it or hate it?