California's Prop 47 leads to rise in shoplifting, thefts, criminal activity across state

Source: https://www.foxnews.com/us/california-prop-47-shoplifting-theft-crime-statewide

I keep watching California spiral lower... and lower... and wonder, just how low can they go?  I used to live there.  I loved California for so many reasons!  But after we had our first child, the very first thing we knew we had to do was get out of California!  Having a child opened our eyes to what her future would be like and there was no way she was going to attend school in Southern California... and that was just the start of the "NO WAY....."  list.

So I keep my eye on the state.  The state I once loved.  The state where I still have family and friends living.  Oh California...  you have such potential.  But you keep throwing it away and frankly... you've lost your ever-loving mind.

California's Prop 47 leads to rise in shoplifting, thefts, criminal activity across state

"They ain't out here arresting people for (shoplifting) and everyone knows it."

Proposition 47, a referendum passed five years ago that critics say effectively gives shoplifters and addicts the green light to commit crimes as long as the merchandise they steal or the drugs they take are less than $950 in value. The decision to downgrade theft of property valued below the arbitrary figure from felony to misdemeanor, together with selective enforcement that focuses on more “serious” crimes, has resulted in thieves knowing they can brazenly shoplift and merchants knowing the police will not respond to their complaints....

"Of course it sends a message," Seymour said. "They're doing it right here in the open."

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