Monday, September 04, 2006

No on Prop 83

Vote no on Prop. 83 (go to opposition site of California Attorneys for Criminal Justice.)

This is a "get tough on sex offenders and protect the children" bill. It really bugs me. Here's something I wrote and put on the message board:

This law would cost California taxpayers a lot of money and not make anyone safer.

Republicans like Sharon Runner raise money to get these issues on the ballot to distract people from important things.

Meanwhile, these laws chip away at the foundation of our justice system bit by bit. Each time we create new lifetime penalties for another offense (where you can live, jobs you can hold, GPS, etc), we increase the number of people who are unable to thrive and support themselves and their families, adding to the permanent underclass.

This is not the way things have to be.

Say no to these republicans and vote no on this measure.
For more background, check out this story in the Capitol Weekly that contains courageous statement by Mark Leno:

"It is a sad irony that the very people who claim to be protecting our
children are using our children as a political weapon," he said.
Now try not to be too depressed - everyone says this piece of garbage is going to pass in November.

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