California Proposition 19, Punishment for Murder of Police Officers (2000)
The effect of Proposition 19 was to require longer prison sentences for offenders convicted of the second degree murder of law enforcement personnel working for the California State University system and the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) District.
The new longer-sentencing requirements for those particular types of second degree murder set by Proposition 19 are consistent with the penalties that, at the time Proposition 19 was approved, were already in force for cases involving the murder of other specified peace officers in California. The overall effect, therefore, of Proposition 19 was to add peace officers working the California State University System or BART to the list of peace officers for whom a conviction for their second degree murder would result in a punishment of 25 years to life or, under certain circumstances, life imprisonment without possibility of parole.
Text of measure
The ballot title was:
- Existing law provides that the punishment for the murder in the second degree of specified peace officers is life without the possibility of parole if the crime occurs while the officer is on duty and aggravating factors are present. This measure specifies these enhanced sentence provisions would also apply when the victim is a peace officer employed by the Bay Area Rapid Transit District or the California State University System.
- See also: Fiscal impact statement
The California Legislative Analyst's Office provided an estimate of net state and local government fiscal impact for Proposition 19. That estimate was:
- Unknown, probably minor, additional state costs.
Path to the ballot
Proposition 19 was voted onto the ballot by the California State Legislature via Senate Bill 1690 of the 1997-98 Regular Session (Chapter 760, Statutes of 1998).
|Votes in legislature to refer to ballot|
- Official Voter Guide to Proposition 19
- Full text of Proposition 19
- Official declaration of the March 7, 2000 vote
- Smart Voter on Proposition 19
- Cal Voter on Prop 19
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