California grocery stores are pushing for tougher laws on crime, citing safety concerns and merchandise losses from increased crime.
The stores are supporting Proposition 20, a ballot measure that would increase penalties for crimes like shoplifting and make it more difficult for people convicted of crimes to get parole, the Los Angeles Times reported Wednesday. Law enforcement groups are the primary sponsors of the bill, but several large grocery stores have supported the measure, claiming that recent criminal justice reforms that reduced penalties had created more incentive for people to commit crimes. (RELATED: Homicides Skyrocket In Dozens Of Nation’s Largest Cities, Analysis Finds)
Albertsons, Kroger, and the California Grocers Association all announced their support for Proposition 20 in statements, according to the report. Grocery chain Safeway donated $100,000 to the campaign, Ralphs donated $91,800, and several local and regional chains also donated, the LA Times reported. The stores say that they have suffered significant merchandise losses and felt that the safety of their employees was threatened following a rise in shoplifting and other retail crimes.
<img aria-describedby="caption-attachment-7007772" class="size-full wp-image-7007772" src="https://dailytruthreport.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/GettyImages-72544504-scaled-1.jpg" alt="A new Safeway.com delivery van is parked in front of a Safeway store March 13, 2002