Proposed initiative could reverse some Prop 47, 57 changes, those for it say

FRESNO, Calif. - Prop 47, Prop 57, AB 109.

"All of those things have served to weaken our laws and reduce our prison population in California by about 55,000 inmates."

Inmates Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer say, then, go back out into the public.

"We had people out on our streets who had a violent history, but maybe their last commitment offense was for a property crime," Dyer said. "Those were the individuals we were seeing out on our streets."

An initiative backed by former Sacramento mayor, now Democratic Assemblyman Jim Cooper, wants 15 currently "non-violent crimes" classified as violent (things like human-trafficking of a child).

The initiative also proposes a change to the parole system, felony charges for suspects caught three times stealing $250 worth of goods, or more, and allowing DNA collection for misdemeanors. 

"Anybody that has any contact with the courts, should have their DNA tested, so it can assist in solving old cases," Fresno attorney Charles Magill said? "I think that's ridiculous."

Magill says, the Keeping California Safe Act, is only that. A political push for the right.

"Every person that's incarcerated is costing us $30,000 a year in tax payer dollars," Magill said.

Dyer says, it's a push, to target career criminals.

"Making sure that they have the consequences they deserve, and that's being in prison," Dyer said. "And today, they're out on our streets."

Dyer also says there have been reductions in crime in certain areas, but says he wonders how much more reduction could've been seen if not for Prop 57 and 47.

The proposal is now in the signature-gathering phase, and again, could appear on the November ballot.

Reporting in Fresno, Megan Rupe. 

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