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Assemblymember Kevin McCarty Introduces Legislation to Hold Repeat Retail Theft and Substance Abuse Offenders Accountable

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SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Kevin McCarty (D – Assembly Public Safety Committee Chair) announced legislation to target repeat offenders of retail crime and individuals charged with repetitive drug offenses, re-evaluate public safety accountability measures, and modify the Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act, Proposition 47.

“Californians expect their leaders to address public substance abuse and the rise of retail crimes. We know voters overwhelmingly approved Proposition 47 in 2014, but it is now our responsibility to look at and correct any unintended consequences,” said Assemblymember Kevin McCarty. “Additionally, we need to reinstitute diversion and rehabilitation treatment programs as mandatory conditions during sentencing without reverting to the mass incarceration policies of the past.”

McCarty continues to say, “I am eager to put forward a realistic, impactful and unified solution, one that focuses on both enforcement and empathy. We must keep California businesses open and our neighborhoods safe.”

AB 1794 will be expanded, debated and finalized in the coming months.



Kevin McCarty represents California’s 6th Assembly District, which includes the city of Sacramento, and parts of unincorporated Sacramento County. McCarty serves as Chair of the Assembly Public Safety Committee. Website of Assemblymember Kevin McCarty: