November 19, 2012
SACRAMENTO – Edward E (“Ned”) Dolejsi, Executive Director of the California Catholic Conference, released a statement today regarding the passage of Propositions 35 and 36.
The California Catholic Conference is gratified that both Proposition 35 and Proposition 36 were approved by the California voters on November 6, 2012.
Proposition 35 will enhance penalties for those convicted of human trafficking and allocate the additional funds for the benefit of the victims—a small but significant step towards eliminating this modern-day scourge of human slavery, which is an assault on the dignity of the human person.
In the case of Proposition 36, which amended the Three Strikes Law, we commend the wisdom of the voters of California in choosing to require the third and triggering offense be serious—not trivial. That change in public policy represents a humane approach to criminal justice--as the Three Strikes sentence is imprisonment for 25 years to life.