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Proposition 9: Lock ‘em Up and Throw Away the Key
Nicholas' Initiative - Weakens the limited rights of parolees. Prop 9 masks its intentions in the concept of “victims rights.” While no one deserves to be the victim of violence and its pain and trauma are not easily reconcilable, it is necessary that we challenge the reactionary nature of the victim’s rights movement that in fact increases the intensity of state violence against Black and Latino communities. In 2007, of the approximately 173,000 California prisoners, 50% are in for technical parole violations (meaning no new “crime” has occurred), and less than 1% of 5,520 scheduled hearings resulted in someone being released from prison.

Titled: 1325. Criminal Justice System. Victims’ Rights. Parole. Constitutional Amendment and Statute
See California Official Voter Information Guide Summary on Prop 9

Proposition 9 will expand the influence of “victims” in all areas of the criminal justice process, despite that fact that Proposition 8 (passed in 1982) established The Victims Bill of Rights. It would expand school safety zones (which double penalties for crimes) from primary and secondary schools to include colleges and universities. Proposition 9 would prohibit the early release of any prisoner, including nonviolent drug offenders, for the purpose of relieving overcrowding in California’s jails or prisons even though the California prison system is currently facing a federal lawsuit charging cruel and unusual punishment (in violation of the Eighth Amendment) due to this overcrowding. Proposition 9 would restrict prisoners’ rights to seek parole—those in prison with indefinite life sentences (people that are eligible for parole) could be forced to wait up to 15 years between parole hearings. Proposition 9 would also restrict the rights of parolee’s by lengthening the time a parolee must wait for a hearing on parole violation charges and denying the guaranteed right to counsel at such hearings.

With Black people making up almost 1 million of the United States prison population and Latinos at 500,000, Prop 9 will keep people in prison longer with less and less hope for release.  Prop 9 masks its intentions in the concept of “victims rights.” While no one deserves to be the victim of violence and its pain and trauma are not easily reconcilable, it is necessary that we challenge the reactionary nature of the victim’s rights movement that in fact increases the intensity of state violence against Black and Latino communities. In 2007, of the approximately 173,000 California prisoners, 50% are in for technical parole violations (meaning no new “crime” has occurred), and less than 1% of 5,520 scheduled hearings resulted in someone being released from prison. Yet, Proposition 9 aims to restrict the rights of parolees.  Public safety and the safety and dignity of both prisoners and victims cannot be achieved by reactionary laws that bury our peoples hope for freedom and rehabilitation in and outside of prison.

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