Sheriff: No on Prop. 66 |

Sheriff: No on Prop. 66

Proposition 66 is an initiative that would gut the Three Strikes law and free thousands of dangerous inmates from state prison.

Proposition 66 backers have launched a deceptive campaign, and want you to believe this measure will free nonviolent criminals whose third strike amounted to stealing candy from a store. In fact, Proposition 66 would eliminate six serious violent crimes from the current “strike” list.

Criminals like Kenneth Parnell, who kidnapped and sexually assaulted young Steven Staynor for seven years, and who recently was convicted of trying to buy a 4-year-old boy for $500, could be released in a matter of weeks if Proposition 66 passes.

This initiative is widely opposed by law enforcement, child advocates and victim rights leaders across California, including the California State Sheriffs’ Association, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Atty. Gen. Bill Lockyer.

The initiative is supported largely by the financial contributions of Jerry Keenan, a wealthy insurance broker, whose son is in prison for killing two people, and who would be freed within weeks of the initiatives passage.

The Three Strikes law has reduced California’s crime rate. Don’t give violent criminals another loophole to get out of prison. Join me in voting “NO” on Proposition 66.

Keith Royal

Nevada County Sheriff

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