Jaycee Dugard took to Social Media to encourage Californians to vote against Proposition 57. If Proposition passes, it could mean that 25,000 nonviolent state felons could seek early release and parole.
Locally, both the Antioch and Brentwood Police Officers Associations are also encouraging the public to vote “no” on Proposition 57.
Durgard posting the following message on her Facebook Page on Oct. 21:
I’d promised myself I would not use FB for anything political but I’m asking you all to vote NO on prop 57. Other survivors like me should not have to worry when and if their rapist and/or their captor will get out. Phillip and Nancy Garrido kidnapped me in 1991 after he was released from prison having only served 11 out of 50 years for a previous rape. Under prop 57 rape, lewd acts against a child and human trafficking are non violent crimes. I do not pretend to be knowledgeable about the ins and outs of this proposition but am horrified at the thought that Nancy Garrido could get out and victims like those The JAYC Foundation helps weekly will have to live in fear. Criminals who do these despicable acts are often masterminds about how to work the system….Please vote NO on prop 57!
Under Proposition 57, it’s asking voters if they support increasing parole for good behavior for felons convicted of nonviolent crimes.
- A “yes” vote supports increasing parole and good behavior opportunities for felons convicted of nonviolent crimes and allowing judges, not prosecutors, to decide whether to try certain juveniles as adults in court.
- A “no” vote opposes increasing parole and good behavior opportunities for felons convicted of nonviolent crimes and favors keeping the current system of having prosecutors decide whether to try certain juveniles as adults in court.
According to BallotPedia:
How would the inmate releases work?
Those convicted of non-violent felony crimes who have served full sentences for their primary offense and passed screening for public security would be eligible for parole. That would make about 7,000 inmates immediately eligible, according to The Associated Press.
Prison numbers dropped after California voters approved Proposition 47 in 2014, which reduced non-violent, non-serious crimes to misdemeanors and gave more inmates a higher chance for parole consideration. Proposition 57 is partly another response to the 2009 federal order mandating that California reduces its prison population numbers.
Additionally, Proposition 57 would allow inmates to earn credits for good behavior, and educational or rehabilitative achievements. “Its essence is to provide an incentive,” said Gov. Jerry Brown (D), who is spearheading the campaign. Inmates use credits to reduce time spent in prison.
How many inmates could be affected by the initiative?
As of the beginning of 2016, there were about 25,000 nonviolent state felons that could seek early release and parole under Proposition 57