Child trafficking is nonviolent crime under California voter
WEAVE is a central player in the coalition known as Keep California Safe. The partners consist of crime victim advocates and law enforcement officials seeking to reverse some of the consequences of Proposition 47, which was passed by California voters in 2014.”The No. 1 drug used to facilitate rape and sexual assault is alcohol,” Hassett said. “An alarming number of the victims that we serve through advocacy and counseling were intoxicated or unconscious when they were assaulted. They don’t remember what happened to them. They couldn’t consent to sex.”Assemblyman Jim Cooper, a Democrat from Elk Grove, is also part of the Keep California Safe coalition.”Rapists, child molesters and other violent criminals should not be released early from prison,” Cooper said.He said he is backing the initiative because his public safety measures have stalled at the Capitol.Assemblyman Jim Cooper part of coalition with WEAVE. Petition drive underway to stop early release of inmates for child trafficking, domestic violence and rape of an unconscious person. Besselman said Jennifer was beaten and kidnapped by a boyfriend.”He was convicted,” Besselman said. “And what was supposed to be a 15 year sentence, because of these laws,
she just found out he’s going to be released early.”That’s because under Prop. 47, several felonies were reclassified as misdemeanors.Its’s a curse for some, but a blessing for people like Toni Hunter, who was convicted previously for petty theft and burglaries.Because of Prop. 47, Hunter doesn’t have a felony record, and she’s starting to change her life for the better.”I’m back in school,” she said. “I’m thinking about going back to work. I’m getting my own place. And all of this wouldn’t be possible if it wasn’t for Prop. 47 and re entry court.”Hunter said she has concerns about the Keep California Safe initiative.”I worry about how it’s going to affect us and more so, me.” she said. “Because I’m getting myself back into society. And if they take away everything they’ve given me, I’m going to be back to square one.”Supporters of the Keep California Safe measure hope to get it on the November ballot, but they have a big challenge ahead. The group must gather more than 365,
000 qualified signatures in California by the end of April.