Bring Austin Willis Home Drop injustice sentence enhancements

Bring Austin Willis Home Drop injustice sentence enhancements

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Bobbi Padgett started this petition to California Governor

Reforming the California criminal justice system’s use of sentencing enhancements is a critical step toward making our justice system more just.

Two bills — Senate Bill 1392 and Senate Bill 1393, both introduced by Sen. Holly Mitchell, D-Los Angeles, and Sen. Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens — offer sensible reforms to two of the most commonly used enhancements.  

According to the Public Policy Institute of California, as of September 2016, of the more than 100,000 people incarcerated in California state prisons, nearly 80 percent had at least one kind of sentencing enhancement tacked onto their sentence, while 25.5 percent faced three or more sentencing enhancements. 

While law enforcement groups including the California Code Enforcement Officers argue such enhancements are necessary “to allow sentences to appropriately reflect someone’s criminal conduct history,” there is little actual evidence that longer sentences by themselves do much to enhance public safety

Despite enhancements’ intention to discourage repeat offenders with the threat of even lengthier sentences, research indicates that what really deters most lawbreakers is the certainty and swiftness of punishment.

“Prison is an important option for incapacitating and punishing those who commit crimes, but the data show long prison sentences do little to deter people from committing future crimes,” explains the National Institute of Justice, the research agency of the U.S. Department of Justice.

Austin Willis has served 12 years of 79 years so far for 2 accounts of attempted murder. He was gave 2 life sentences as enhancements of 55 years and 14 years as his base term. Lets bring him home. He deserves to be a free man. His crime steams from a racial slur that became a black hate crime toward him. In which he was defending  himself. He has completed over 40 self help classes as well as collage classes held employment  while incarcerated and continue his education. Austin is a father to 3 beautiful loving children who miss there father everyday who would like to have him as part of there every day life’s. This man continues to better himself while incarcerated. He will succeed upon release as he has means due to the fact he has built a strong  foundation with having continued relationship with his family and loved ones and with God.  Please help us bring him home. 

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