California bill seeks race consideration for convicted criminals before sentencing

Proof that social justice is a far cry from actual justice, a California lawmaker and member of the state’s reparations task force is pushing legislation to “rectify racial bias” by making it a factor in sentencing criminals.

Democratic Assemblymember Reggie Jones-Sawyer is one of the members of the California Reparations Task Force, charged by Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) in Sept. 2020 with the task of compiling a report with recommendations on monetary and other handouts for residents in a state that never permitted slavery.

Based on those proposals that could cost California taxpayers as much as $800 billion, Jones-Sawyer has also sought to reform the penal code and provide skewed sight to a justice system only ever intended to be blind.

“It is the intent of the Legislature to rectify the racial bias that has historically permeated our criminal justice system as documented by the California Task Force to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African Americans,” California’s AB 852 reads in part.

First introduced in February, the legislation had passed the House 58 to 13 with nine members voting absent and continued, “This bill would state the intent of the Legislature to rectify racial bias, as specified. The bill would require courts, whenever they have discretion to determine a sentence, to consider the disparate impact on historically disenfranchised and system-impacted populations.”

Speaking in opposition to the bill, Republican Assembly Member Tom Lackey, one of the nine absent votes, told Fox News Digital “Our justice system is intended to focus on accountability for behavior without racial considerations.”

“The voice of victims and any potential repercussions for public safety should be our highest consideration when making decisions that directly impact California communities,” he added.

As previously reported, the task force proposals that were submitted to the legislature were not guaranteed to pass as state Sen. Steven Bradford, another member, had cautioned, “I don’t want to set folks’ expectations and hopes up that they’re going to be getting, you know, seven-figure checks. That’s just not happening.

Even Jones-Sawyer had admitted, “We have absolutely no idea right now what will or will not be approved.” Evidently, that hadn’t stopped him from throwing as much at the perceived problem as he could in an effort to see what would stick.

Despite passing the House, a representative for the assemblymember’s office suggested it was unlikely to see the bill advance further this year and it was not revealed whether it would be pursued again in the future.

The likelihood of any such law passing muster with the Supreme Court remained unlikely, especially after the recent 6-3 ruling that dismantled affirmative action within the university system. As Justice Clarence Thomas had written in his concurrence, “While I am painfully aware of the social and economic ravages which have befallen my race and all who suffer discrimination, I hold out enduring hope that this country will live up to its principles so clearly enunciated in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States: that all men are created equal, are equal citizens, and must be treated equally before the law.”


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