Called one of California’s “biggest blunders’. Five years ago the state passed Prop. 47, a measure aimed at reducing penalties for nonviolent property and drug crimes. The goal of the initiative was to allow law enforcement to focus on violent offenders. But critics say it has essentially given shoplifters free reign. President and CEO of CA Retailers Association Rachel Michelin responds.
“Prop. 47 has dramatically increased crime all over California- in the major cities and now, also, in the suburbs…putting consumers and the people who work in retail stores in jeopardy. The more they (organized crime rings) do this, the more dangerous it becomes for the regular Californians who are trying to buy groceries or the different consumer goods they need to survive.”