California Sheriff Torches Newsom's Soft-On-Crime Ballot Measure

By Daniel Walker | April 13, 2024

Low-level crimes

A California sheriff leading a campaign to reverse the state's 2014 proposition that reduced penalties for specific crimes criticized Governor Gavin Newsom (D-CA), accusing him of deceiving voters and providing misinformation about the state's policies. 
 

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via Riverside County Sheriff

Proposition 47, passed in 2014, downgraded certain low-level crimes from felonies to misdemeanors.
 

Theft cases

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via Riverside County Sheriff

“According to state data obtained by KQED, about 15% of theft cases resulted in an arrest in 2013, the year before Proposition 47 passed. In 2022, that number had dropped to 6.6%. That means in more than 90% of reported cases of theft, no one is ever arrested,” KQED reported.