Ensuring a safe community requires a holistic approach—not just short-term, punitive remedies but investment in long-term and equitable solutions. When it comes to public safety, Richard has always supported humane and effective policies:
- Richard is currently working on a comprehensive spending plan for our fire prevention and mitigation dollars—a plan that’s more strategic, more customized to the unique ecosystems of L.A. County, and more proactive with measures like home hardening.
- One way to prevent crime is getting at-risk youth—especially juvenile offenders—on the right track. One-size-fits-all punishments can turn a troubled teen to a life of crime. So, Richard’s bill, AB 1276, requires the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to review each juvenile case and prescribe a customized rehabilitative program—one designed to give the child the tools they need to get back on track.
- Hate-motivated violence—directed at Blacks, Latinos, Asians, Jews, the transgender community, and others—is on the rise. Richard chairs California’s State of Hate select committee, which is working to understand the causes of this crisis—and map out remedies. Richard is currently working on a bill that will make the State of Hate a permanent California Commission.
- Some of the worst violence happens at home, within the family—and the victims in these situations are often hard to reach. So, Richard was proud to write AB 439, his battery and domestic violence bill. It requires a convicted batterer to complete a counseling program before any restraining order can be lifted by a judge. And to prevent domestic abusers from gaming the legal system and shaming their victims, Richard’s other bill, AB 536, prohibits courts from automatically issuing mutual restraining orders. Each side must demonstrate abuse.
- NARCAN is a fast-acting drug that can literally save the life of an overdose victim. Historically, only doctors could prescribe it. But with his bill, AB 1535, Richard loosened this restriction, enabling pharmacists to provide it to patients they believe are at risk of overdose. Richard’s groundbreaking work in this area started a trend, so that now first responders and others routinely carry this life saving treatment with them. It’s another tool as we work to save lives in the opioid epidemic.