Fresno Police Chief Dyer believes Prop 47 is bad for California

Fresno Police Chief Dyer (Courtesy PPIC)

The prosecutor who helped pass Proposition 47 and the Central Valley police chief who hates it, haven't changed their opinions in four years.

As FOX26 reporter Rich Rodriguez explains, the two shared how the ballot initiative has changed California since 2014.

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San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon was a key supporter of Prop 47, the ballot measure that reduced penalties for lower level drug and property crimes. "It's taking policing and prosecutors sometime to adjust to a new reality and maybe the interventions we used freely before has to be re-evaluated and we have to look for other solutions," said District Attorney Gascon.

Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer says thieves such as porch pirates know they face minimal punishment as long as they steal stuff worth less than $950. "Those individuals are no longer in jail or prison," said Chief Dyer. "There's no room for them in the jail that's why they're out in our society today continually breaking into cars, stealing property as well as stealing from our stores."

Corrections officials say the ballot measure has saved the state $103 million in the past three years.

But Chief Dyer says it's hurting the citizens and businesses that are victimized over and over again. "So much to the point at Walmart in California when the crooks refer to as going into Walmart as wally shopping and they go and steal everything is under $950," said Dyer.

A just released investigation by the Public Policy Institute of California found no evidence that violent crime increased as a result of Prop 47.

The institute says it did see an increase in property crime; mainly cars being broken into.

The debate in Sacramento was hosted by the Public Policy Institute of California.

Click here to read the full PPIC report.

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