Sacramento, CA – The United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Western States Council today applauded Governor Jerry Brown for signing AB 1065 (Jones-Sawyer) to make organized retail theft a crime and strengthening local law enforcement’s ability to arrest and prosecute perpetrators. The following statement may be attributed to James Araby, Executive Director, United Food and Commercial Workers Western States Council:
“A National Retail Federation survey found that 95% of merchants were the victim of coordinated theft, resulting in $30 billion in estimated losses per year. These sophisticated criminal enterprises put retail workers represented by UFCW in dangerous situations on a daily basis. AB 1065 will improve safety in California’s retail stores.
“In addition to strengthening local law enforcement’s ability to hold criminals accountable, AB 1065 also creates risk-based rehabilitation programs to minimize recidivism and incarceration. UFCW applauds Governor Brown for embracing AB 1065’s holistic approach to the pervasive problem of organized retail theft and approve this common-sense criminal justice reform.”
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September 27, 2018
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