Voters Approve Prop 9, Victims' Rights

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(Sacramento, CA)
Wednesday, November 5, 2008

It allows victims to consult with prosecutors about what kind of criminal charges are being filed. It also cuts the number of parole hearings a prisoner gets and restricts the early release of inmates. Harriet Salarno is President of Crime Victims United…one of the groups backing the measure. 

“It just shows you that when voters took time out to really read it, then they understood that all we’re asking is for the same rights, the same as the perpetrators.” 

Opponents argued that Prop 9 hurts the state’s ability to relieve prison overcrowding because of its restrictions on early prisoner releases.
Voters rejected the other crime measures…Prop 5 which would have increased drug rehabilitation programs and Prop 6 which would have cracked down on gang crimes.