CHICO, Calif. - A Northern California group called “Chico First” is gathering signatures for voters in November to potentially remove parts of Propositions 47 and 57.
The local group gathered those signatures for the statewide initiative “Reducing Crime and Keeping California Safe Act of 2018.”
“Keep California Safe” calls itself a coalition of crime victims, law enforcement and business owners in Sacramento.
The group launched the initiative to in part reclassify current “non-violent” crimes to prevent the early release of certain inmates.
It also aims to reform the parole system to stop the early release of violent felons, expand parolee oversight and strengthen penalties for parole violations and reform theft laws.
“We have gathered several thousand, and for a town this big, that's pretty good. We’re getting a lot of attention from the state sponsors. I think statewide they're required to get something like 300,000 signatures, and it looks like this is the final week of the petition gathering phase, and it looks like they're going to reach that goal. We expect it to show up on the November ballot,” said Rob Berry, the founder of “Chico First.”
“Chico First” will have a booth at this Thursday’s Farmer’s Market in Downtown Chico.
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