Southern California investment advisor Mervin Evans has tried before to get his “Evans Child Protection Act” on the state ballot. He says a first time 50 year prison sentence for child molestation is its centerpiece.
"A full strike 50. If you commit a crime against a child, you know exactly what you’re going to get. It not going to be any case of low term, high term, or any issue like that. You’ll know exactly the amount of time you’re facing for the crime against the child."
Rape of an adult would bring an automatic 25 year sentence.
The 25 cents per drink tax would bring in approximately two billion dollars a year to help pay for victim support and increased prison costs.
Evans must gather almost 400 thousand voter signatures by next January to put his measure on the June 2006 state ballot.