No on Prop 6: The Runner Initiative

The Runner Initiative harms youth and families, if passed by the voters in November, the Runner Initiative will result in cuts to schools, healthcare, eldercare and other vital services, erode civil rights and civil liberties and hurt working families.

It would:
• Create a legal presumption that minors as young as 14-years of age will be tried as adults if accused of specified “gang related” crimes. This creates an unfair burden on a young person to prove they are young in the eyes of the law
• Create a govt. agency to fund background checks to remove people from their homes if one of their family is found to have drugs.
• Prohibit bail to undocumented immigrants charged with certain crimes and require local sheriffs to inform Immigration Central Enforcement (ICE) of the arrest of undocumented persons.
• Enhances penalties for people who are said to be gang members based on unreliable gang database
The Runner Initiative Busts California’s Budget
The Runner initiative would:
• Cost the State General Fund upwards of $1 billion in FY 2009-2010, $500 million in the subsequent year, AND more each year thereafter for prisons, jails, and law enforcement costs.
• Burden county and city budgets with unfunded mandates, resulting in cuts to locally funded programs.
• Provide for no additional revenue, therefore requiring cuts in healthcare, eldercare, education and other vital services.
• Increase incarceration rates at the state and local level, especially among minors and young persons from communities of color.
• Take money currently available to counties for mental health and drug treatment services for youth, and give those moneys entirely to probation departments.
• Change California law in numerous ways. The initiative is a 30-page wish-list, loaded with costly measures that failed passage in State Senate and Assembly Public Safety, Appropriations, or Budget Committees, including prosecuting more 14-year-olds as adults and sending more adults to prison for drug use.
Opponents of Prop 6 include:
California Catholic Conference*California Church IMPACT*Center for Juvenile and Criminal Justice*Friends Committee on Legislation*Office of Restorative Justice, Archdiocese of Los Angeles*Progressive Christians Uniting*Progressive Jewish Alliance *American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Northern Cal. *American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Southern Cal*American Friends Service Committee, Pacific Mountain Region*Applied Research Center *Asian & Pacific Islander Wellness Center*Asian Pacific Environmental Network * Bay Area Immigrant Rights Coalition* Brothers For Change Inc *Bus Riders Union*California NAACP*California National Organization for Women (NOW) *California Prison Moratorium Project*Californians United for a Responsible Budget* Children’s Defense Fund California*
Coalition Against Militarism in Our Schools*Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles*ColorofChange.org *Critical Resistance
*East Bay Community Law Center*Education Not Incarceration * Ella Baker Center for Human Rights*Families to Amend California Three Strikes *Gay-Straight Alliance Network *Greenlining Institute*Homies Unidos*Human Rights Watch* Islamic Shura Council of Southern California*Korean Resource Center *Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy *Mexican American Bar Association*National Center for Youth Law*National Council on Crime and Delinquency *National Korean American Service and Education Consortium
South Asian Network*Youth Justice Coalition* California Federation of Teachers* California Professional Firefighters *California Teachers Association*ILWU Northern California District Council *SEIU California State Council *UNITE HERE, Local 2 AND MORE

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