Things are getting competitive for criminals these days, but there’s also some good news. All criminals can gain a big edge by moving to California.
In 2014, the Golden State passed Proposition 47, the so-called Reduced Penalties for Some Crimes Initiative. This changed several felonies such as shoplifting, receiving stolen property and car break-ins into misdemeanors.
Aside from assumptions about readers’ morals, under this law, anyone can basically steal nearly $1,000 worth of other people’s stuff and the cops won’t treat it much differently than a traffic ticket. So, no surprise that the smash-and-grab gang is going wild.
Last year in San Francisco, there were nearly 30,000 car break-ins, and in only 1.7 percent of those cases did the cops make arrests. And most of the thieves who got caught never got jail time. Some politicians like the proposition because California’s jails are already overcrowded. So, what’s an aspiring criminal to do?
You can easily sell hot goods on the internet and use the stolen credit cards to get money and other stuff like stolen computers for identity theft and addresses of where the people with the money live and work.
You can also thank California cities for underfunding their workers’ pension costs, because the shortfall means some have cut back on services including police. The city of Oakland won’t even dispatch police to most non-violent or non-emergency crime.
The news is even better if you’re just starting a career in violent crime.
Under Proposition 57, the so-called Public Safety and Rehabilitation Act, prosecutors can no longer try any juvenile as an adult, even if the crime is rape, arson or murder. So one 13-year-old arrested for gunning down a 16-year-old will go to juvenile court and the maximum sentence could be only imprisonment until age 25 in a soft facility. And get this: they are applying Proposition 57 retroactively.
Back in 2013, Daniel Marsh was just 15 years old when he tortured, murdered and mutilated Oliver Northup, 87, and his wife Claudia Maupin, 76, in Davis, California. Aside from Juan Corona and that Manson bunch, Marsh’s mayhem was probably the worst murder in state history.
Marsh was convicted in 2014 and Proposition 57 didn’t pass until 2016, but this year they reversed the killer’s conviction and gave him a new hearing, without presenting new exculpatory evidence. Authorities even let this killer give a TED talk, in which he portrayed himself as a victim, and put the video on the internet (since removed). So Marsh got to testify, without being under oath, and with no possibility of cross-examination. more here