CRIMINAL JUSTICE. INITIATIVE STATUTES AND CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT. Amends Constitution and enacts several statutes concerning procedural treatment, sentencing, release, and other matters for accused and convicted persons. Includes provisions regarding restitution to victims from persons convicted of crimes, right to safe schools, exclusion of relevant evidence, bail, use of prior felony convictions for impeachment purposes or sentence enhancement, abolishing defense of diminished capacity, use of evidence regarding mental disorder, proof of insanity, notification and appearance of victims at sentencing and parole hearings, restricting plea bargaining, Youth Authority commitments, and other matters. Summary of Legislative Analyst's estimate of net state and local government fiscal impact: As the fiscal effect would depend on many factors that cannot be predicted, the net fiscal effect of this measure cannot be determined with any degree of certainty. However, approval of the measure would result in major state and local costs. The measure could: increase local administration costs; increase state administrative costs; increase claims against the state and local governments relating to enforcement of the right to safe schools; increase school security costs to provide safe schools; increase the cost of operating county jails by increasing the jail populations; increase court costs; and increase the cost of operating the state's prison system by increasing the prison population (estimated to be about $47 million increased annual prison operating costs and $280 million prison construction costs based on various assumptions).
Popular Vote Results
Y: 2826081; A: 56.4; N: 2182710; B: 43.6
Initiative statutory and constitutional
Code Sections Affected
Added Victims' Bill of Rights
Mike Curb, Lieutenant Governor; George Deukmejian, Attorney General; Paul Gann, Proposent, Victims' Bill of Rights
Richard L. Gilbert, District Attorney, Yolo County; Stanley M. Roden, District Attorney, Santa Barbara County; Terry Goggin, Member of the Assembly, 66th District Chairman, Committee on Criminal Justice
Rebuttal Against Author
Paul Gann, Proponent, Victims' Bill of Rights
CRIMINAL JUSTICE. California Proposition 8 (1982).