Initiative seeks to make changes to Props 47 and 57

FRESNO, California - Local law enforcement leaders say they want Propositions 47 and 57 fixed. Fresno Assemblyman Jim Patterson is leading the charge on the Keep California Safe initiative.

First, they need to get it on the November 2018 ballot.

Right now, more than 250,000 signatures have been collected with 365,000 being the goal.

The people in support of the initiative want changes made to Propositions 47 and 57 – and Assembly Bill 109.

They say the initiative would stop the release of 20,000 sexual predators as well as make human trafficking of a child, assault of a police officer, rape of an unconscious person, domestic violence and other violent crimes felonies again.

Assemblyman Jim Patterson says the unintended consequences of Propositions 47 and 57's affect everyone in California.

“It doesn't matter what your political party is. It doesn't matter where you're from, who you are, what your particular story is. We're all in this together,” Patterson said. “We are all the victims of a terribly flawed and very consequential set of ballot initiatives that frankly did not tell the truth and has created these kinds of problems.”

Patterson and supporters also want three misdemeanor thefts of $250 to equal a felony charge. Another change would be the reinstatement of DNA collection for misdemeanor crimes.

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