Crime is spiking and what do Legislative Democrats want to do? Revisit a bill that reduces penalties for criminals convicted of the most heinous crimes.
Just days after Los Angeles experienced a bloody weekend and media is reporting the staggering uptick in crime, legislative Democrats are revisiting Senate Bill 300 (SB 300), legislation that would reduce the sentence for individuals convicted of the most serious and heinous murders. Not only would it allow a judge to reduce the penalty for the actual killer, preventing life in prison and the death penalty, but it also prohibits the prosecution and sentencing of individuals who aid the killer in their crimes even when they act with reckless indifference to human life.
How does this make our streets safer? A look at recent headlines gives you a picture of crime in California:
- California homicides jump 31% in 2020, reaching highest total in 13 years – Associated Press – 7/1/2021
- L.A. reels from alarming spike in killings, shootings amid fears of a violent summer – Los Angeles Times - 7/7/2021
- Convicted felon broke into Van Nuys home hours after LAPD released him following another break-in, victim says - – 7/7/2021
- After July 4 weekend violence, California official says city experiencing 'safety emergency' – FOX News – 7/7/2021
- More Than a Dozen People Were Killed During a Deadly July 4 Weekend in L.A. – Los Angeles Magazine – 7/6/2021
- Oakland police overwhelmed with July Fourth violence: '12 hours of nonstop chaos' – San Francisco Chronicle – 7/5/2021
- Target closing San Francisco stores early in response to theft and safety concerns – Yahoo News – 7/3/2021
- Bay Area TV news crew held up in armed robbery attempt during interview – Los Angeles Times – 6/30/2021
- Oakland violence prevention chief unhurt after attempted robbery at gunpoint – East Bay Times – 6/28/2021
For press inquiries, please reach out to Jacqui.Nguyen@sen.ca.gov or on her mobile (858) 999-7706, press secretary for the Senate Republican Caucus.