We need to do more to prevent gun violence. For example, we can require ballistic fingerprinting and integrated locks on all handguns sold in California.
We need to fund more community-based policing so that police can connect with the community where they serve. This will provide officers with a better understanding of the issues in that community, and the social services available to address their needs.
We need to reform our criminal statues. We should
*Restore protections to our children which would prevent them from being prosecuted as adults;
*Eliminate the three strikes rule by putting the issue back on the ballot;
*Emphasize rehabilitation for first-time and minor offense offenders; and
*Provide good support services to parolees to help them secure jobs and housing when they have finished serving their sentences.
The key to violence and crime prevention is education. Study after study shows that crime levels will drop if we invest in quality education from pre-school through college, make educational opportunities available and accessible to our children, and provide a safety net for youth and families in crisis.