To All Californians:
With the General Election less than two weeks away we, the undersigned, urge you to vote NO on Proposition 47. As sheriffs, we can tell you that this measure threatens the safety of our communities and puts our families at risk.
Despite being referred to as the “Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act,” this measure will actually make our neighborhoods and schools less safe. Reducing the penalties for many serious crimes like gun theft, possession of date rape drugs, and identity fraud will lead to more crime and more criminals in our neighborhoods.
Every sheriff in this state took an oath to protect the people and the public safety. If Proposition 47 passes, our ability to protect our communities will be impaired. Dumping thousands of prisoners onto our streets can only make our problems worse.
Proposition 47 is a collection of bad ideas. Supporters will tell you that this measure only affects petty criminals. The reality is, lowlevel criminals rarely go to prison; the people let out will have dangerous criminal histories.
Sheriffs of the State of California respectfully ask that you stand with law enforcement, crime victims, the business community, and your local governments in opposition to Proposition 47. Please vote NO.