California Democrats Welcome Porch Pirates

Friday, May 22, 2020

Once again, California Democrats took the side of criminals, this time defending porch pirates.  On Wednesday, in the Senate Public Safety Committee, Democrats unanimously opposed Senate Bill 979, which would have increased the penalties on people who steal packages from the porch or entryway of someone's home.

SB 979 would have allowed prosecutors to charge the perpetrator (porch pirate) with a misdemeanor or with a felony on the third or subsequent conviction during a 36-month period.

“Some of these so-called 'porch pirates' are habitual offenders who keep dodging real punishment for their actions because thefts from outside a home are treated differently under current law than burglaries committed inside a home,” stated State Senator Brian Jones (R-Santee). “California often leads the nation in policy, and this needs to be one of those times. While the committee agreed porch piracy is a problem in the state, unfortunately, the committee did not agree that these offenders deserve a punishment that's fit for their crime.”

California deserves better than this.