Gavin Newsom Proposes Plan To Stop Thefts, Crime In CA

SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA - MARCH 13: California Gov. Gavin Newsom speaks during a news conference at the state Capitol on March 13, 2019 in Sacramento, California. Newsom announced a moratorium on California's death penalty today. California has 737 people on death row, the largest death row population in the United States. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

On Friday, California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced his plan to spend more than $300 million to aid law enforcement and businesses after a series of smash-and-grab thefts.

The three-year plan involves cracking down on organized crime, which is suspected to be a large part of crimes in California.

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Newsom said “These organized retail mobs … (have) a profound impact on our feelings of safety here in this state, this region and as I note, this country”.

“The issue of crime and violence is top of mind all throughout not only the state of California but across the United States, highlighted recently by some high-profile retail theft operations,” Newsom explained.

The money will be part of his proposed state budget in January.

Under the plan, $255 million over the next three years would be given to law enforcement agencies to put officers in stores to discourage crime. $30 million would go to district attorneys who are involved in the prosecutions of retail and auto thefts.

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On top of that, $18 million would be used to create an “organized theft special unit”, with investigators and prosecutors focusing on organized crime ringleaders.

 $20 million would to small businesses affected by the smash-and-grab robberies and another $20 million would be given to the California National Guard to deal with the smuggling of illegal drugs.

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Lastly, $25 million would be used for the “largest gun buyback program in America”. Newsom previously announced a plan to allow private citizens to sue manufacturers, distributers, and sellers of assault weapons or ghost gun kits.


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