Proposition 20 explained

Action News Now is breaking down California’s 12 state-wide ballot measures. Proposition 20 which essentially aims to get tougher on crime.

Posted: Oct 25, 2020 8:22 PM
Updated: Oct 26, 2020 12:42 PM

CALIFORNIA – Action News Now is breaking down California’s 12 state-wide ballot measures.

Proposition 20 which essentially aims to get tougher on crime.

If passed, Prop 20 would lower the bar on what type of theft qualifies as a felony - from $950 to as little as $250.

It specifically targets repeat shoplifters and organized group shoplifters.

Prop 20 would also make it harder for people to get out of prison on supervised release by defining more crimes as "violent," such as date rape and domestic violence. And Prop 20 would require that DNA samples be collected by law enforcement in more misdemeanor cases.

Supporters of Prop 20 say other propositions successfully passed in recent years have been too soft on crime and the result has been more crime, including car theft and shoplifting. They say Prop 20 is needed to get tougher on criminals.

Opponents say tough-on-crime initiatives, such as the three-strikes law, have not worked. Also, our prisons are too crowded with non-violent offenders.

So, a “Yes” vote on Prop 20 approves the constitutional amendments getting tougher on crime. A “No” vote rejects the proposed changes.

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