Decision Maker Response

Darrell Steinberg’s response

Nov 16, 2012 — To whom it may concern:

Thank you for contacting my office regarding harsher punishments for those who wrongfully convict citizens. I appreciate legislative suggestions – some of the best bills come from engaged citizens who see a problem, and think of a good solution. As I understand it, you are suggesting legislation that would hold public officials accountable for prosecution of innocent men and women.

Currently, there are no bills being proposed in the Senate regarding this matter. California is among the 27 states that has a Victim Compensation and Government Claims Board. I do, however, take suggestions such as yours into consideration along with the many other suggestions I receive throughout the legislative year. I am a strong supporter of due process, and I will carefully consider any bill like this that comes before me for a vote. May I recommend you send a detailed legislative proposal to my office so that my policy staff may consider the feasibility of such a bill? Please be as detailed as possible when describing your bill proposal and include a cover page with the name of your proposed bill and your contact information.

If you are looking for organizations to partner with to further the cause, I suggest contacting The California Innocence Project. Through California Western School of Law, this group works to free wrongfully convicted people after incarceration. They can be contacted at:

California Innocence Project
225 Cedar Street
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 525-1485

If in the future I can assist you with another matter, please do not hesitate to write to me or call our district office at (916) 651-1529, or email me at senator.steinberg@sen.ca.gov. You can also visit my website at www.sen.ca.gov/steinberg .

Sincerely,



DARRELL STEINBERG
President pro Tempore
6th Senate District

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