California Gov. Gavin Newsom, a raging Democrat, has officially signed a bill into law that will benefit criminals by allowing previous arrests or convictions to be hidden from background checks. It’s this kind of stupidity that has turned California into a complete and total cesspool of degeneracy. Why would you pass a law like this? Why? Liberalism has to be some kind of mental illness because common sense dictates that no one in their right mind would continually put out legislation and policies that uplift criminals and not law-abiding citizens. It’s backward.
A report from the Daily Wire said, “The bill is SB-731 and would allow a person who has been convicted of a felony, among other requirements, to be eligible for ‘automatic conviction relief.’ The bill would not apply to people who are registered sex offenders or those who have committed a serious or violent felony. Four years also must have passed since the person finished probation and wasn’t convicted of another felony.”
If a person has only been arrested for a felony, among several other requirements, the individual could also participate in the “arrest record relief.” Unreal.
“The person who has committed the felony must not be serving time or have any ‘indication of pending criminal charge.’ He or she must also not have an active record. It goes into effect on July 1 of next year,” the Daily Wire reported.
The DOJ then must take a gander at the criminal records and “identify persons with convictions that meet the criteria” and those who are available to get “automatic conviction record relief.”
The report then pointed out, “The measure doesn’t get rid of someone’s criminal record, but would essentially allow someone who has been arrested or convicted of a crime in the past to electronically seal those records so that the offenses do not show up in a criminal background check, per the San Francisco Chronicle.”
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A number of people have come out and taken a stand against the policy, concerned about the wide array of issues that could pop up because of it.
“There’s the old saying that the most effective way of predicting future behavior is past behavior. And yet, within a short period of time, under this very radical bill, these records will be sealed,” El Dorado County District Attorney Vern Pierson stated in a discussion about the bill back in August.
Here are more details via The Daily Wire:
According to the legislative digest of the bill, it would allow the criminal history to be used for “teacher credentialing or employment in public education, as specified.” However, it would also prevent the “record of a conviction for possession of specified controlled substances” older than five years, “for which relief was granted” from being utilized in decisions about teacher credentialing.
California Republican Senator Shannon Grove, who voted against the bill along with all Senate Republicans and one lone Democrat, said the bill would let domestic violence perpetrators take advantage of its provisions.
“These things are very violent things even though they are not listed as serious and violent in the penal code,” Grove said in August.
The Peace Officers Research Association of California put out a statement to the Chronicle weighing in on the bill, saying that offenders will now have less deterrent to commit additional crimes in the future if they are set free and have their records wiped. The organization then noted that the language of the legislation does not rule out some violent acts of crime.
Is it any wonder such a horrible idea would come from California? One of the most critical issues on the minds of voters right now is safety as the crime rate has spiked big time in major cities all over America. Much of this is the result of soft-on-crime policies that have been put in place by Democrat district attorneys.
We need to reverse course and head in the opposite direction. Why would anyone want to obey the law if there were no consequences for their actions?