California Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law Assembly Bills 2888 and 701 on Friday, which create mandatory minimum sentences for people convicted of sex crimes.Mandatory minimum sentences, combined with the known quantity of false rape and false sexual assault accusations, removes the ability of a judge who has cause to doubt the veracity of an accuser to reduce the impact of a false accusation.
The bills came in response to the outcry over Brock Turner's lenient sentence. As I've argued previously, that outcry was largely justified—Turner did get a comparatively light prison sentence, though the fact that he has to register as a sex offender is no small thing....
The new law specifically prohibits judges from letting perpetrators get off with probation if they have been convicted of sexually assaulting an unconscious or intoxicated person. While this may have produced a better outcome in the Turner case, forcing judges to send more people to prison is bad public policy. It will exacerbate all kinds of problems with the criminal justice system.
This will take the War on Men to new depths.
I won't be surprised if feminists next attempt to permit extrajudicial college courts to impose these mandatory minimum sentences.