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ROBBERY AND BURGLARY PUNISHMENT. INITIATIVE STATUTE. Adds sections to the Penal Code increasing the terms of punishment for the crimes of robbery, burglary, and attempts to commit the crimes of robbery and burglary. Designated years of imprisonment, ranging from 5 to 20 years, are specified for various of these crimes. Provides that probation shall not be granted nor execution or imposition of sentences be suspended for any person convicted of these crimes. Provides the Legislature may not lessen or decrease the specified terms of punishment for these crimes. Fiscal impact on state and local governments: The measure would increase the number of persons imprisoned and would also increase the prison terms of other persons. The magnitude of the cost increases to state and local governments to accomodate these increases is unknown, but estimated to be substantial. Annual increased prison custodial costs are estimated to be 260 million dollars per year by 1985 plus inflation cost increases. Cost of constructing temporary prison housing initially would be substantial. Capitol outlay costs of constructing permanent prison facilities is estimated to be over 1 billion dollars. Substantial increases in court costs and probably in social services program costs would occur. There may possibly be some savings in costs of operating local jails and if the measure has a deterrent effect.
Alexander Bookston, 13444 Lochrin Lane, Sylmar, California 91342
Failed to Qualify
Robbery And Burglary Punishment California Initiative 263 (1981).