What penalties does Santa Ana Councilman Carlos Bustamante face – if the harassment charges against him stick? Well, the bad news for him is that the harassment penalties in California are the toughest in the nation – and he could face big fines – but the County of Orange could be on the hook for even bigger penalties, as his employer.
Photo from file: State Senator Lou Correa addressing National Victims Rights during march to the State Capitol last year
For Immediate Release: March 23, 2010
Contact: Lina Hamilton (916) 651-4034
Correa’s Bill to Strengthen Sentences for Sex Offenders
SB 1037 will give courts discretionary sentencing ability, particularly in cases of high risk sex offenders and sexually violent predators.
SACRAMENTO, CA- State Senator Lou Correa (Orange County) has introduced Senate Bill 1037 (SB 1037) to allow courts the ability to order full term sentences, particularly in certain aggravated cases involving violent sexual offenders.
“A crime against a child is despicable, especially sex violent crimes in which young victims’ lives are lost or change beyond repair, are morally reprehensible,” said Senator Lou Correa. “We need to make sure that we do everything we can to keep violent child predators off the streets and enable our justice and law enforcement systems with laws that will serve justice to victims and their families.” Continue reading