(SACRAMENTO)- Assemblymember Freddie Rodriguez, D-Pomona, and Assemblymember Sabrina Cervantes, D-Riverside, introduced Assembly Bill 67 (Rodriguez) to reclassify human trafficking, rape of an unconscious person, and domestic violence including strangulation, as violent felonies. Loopholes within Proposition 57 (2016) classified these crimes as nonviolent, affording some of the most dangerous criminals the sentencing leniency granted under Prop 57, including early parole.
“I want to thank Assemblymember Rodriguez for his leadership. This bill will protect our communities by keeping violent criminals behind bars, and provide victims with the justice and respect that they deserve” said Assemblymember Cervantes. Assemblymember Rodriguez added “The statistics around human trafficking, sexual assaults, and domestic violence are staggering. We should be doing everything in our power to ensure no one ever experiences these heinous crimes, and, where possible, prevent an offender from having the ability to harm others again. This loophole must be closed to protect the people of California and ensure we stand with survivors in their pursuit of justice.”