Supervisor James Ramos Releases Strong Statement on Prop 57

For Immediate Release
October 31, 2016
Contact: Andre Levesque
Phone: 916-626-6804

Today 3rd District Supervisor James Ramos announced his opposition to Proposition 57 on the November ballot releasing the following statement.

“I stand with law enforcement in rejecting Proposition 57 on the November ballot. This is a dangerous measure and voters need to know the truth. Prop. 57 is more about politics in Sacramento than it is about public safety and that is why every voter should reject it. Crime rates have risen sharply in the past few years and this measure will only make matters worse.

“If we learned anything from the December 2nd terrorist attacks here locally, it’s that we must take every threat to the public’s safety seriously and make no mistake about it Prop. 57 is a threat to public safety. One of the fundamental responsibilities of government is to keep citizens safe and this proposition is a threat to our citizens. This measure makes 16,000 dangerous felons, many violent, immediately eligible for early release into our neighborhoods. Crimes such as rape, hate crimes, human trafficking, drive by shootings assault with a deadly weapon are considered non-violent and offenders would be eligible for early release.

“Local governments like ours will suffer greatly under Prop 57. If enacted this law will shift more costs of incarceration onto local counties and make it more difficult to protect our most vulnerable populations. This is unacceptable.

“Additionally, this measure will make law enforcement’s duties even more dangerous. In the month of October alone there were four law enforcement officers in California killed in the line of duty by criminals who were released from custody too early. I want our law enforcement officers to know they have my support and every individual supporting this measure is putting law enforcement in further danger.”

Supervisor James Ramos was reelected to a second term to the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors in June.

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