When a crime becomes a discrimination issue???
Where do you draw the line of discrimination and law? Far before this point that’s for sure. California Governor Jerry Brown has made possibly the most confusing and unnecessary changes to their legal code than we’ve seen so far.
Up until this point, spreading HIV intentionally both through not informing a partner and through purposely donating to blood clinics (or other similar methods) has been a felony that was punishable for up to 8 years in prison. While you may want to debate how long the prison sentence is, i think we can agree that this is obviously a malicious-intended crime since it requires they do it intentionally (aka with the knowledge that they have HIV). Brown has changed this: The crime for doing this is now leveled at a $1000 fine and/or 6 months in prison, 1/16th the previous sentence, which wouldn’t even classify as a felony legally. Brown’s intent for this change was to “destigmatize” HIV/AIDS and talked of, the common stance of liberal California, the discrimination it had more strongly to HIV infected people as opposed to other diseases.
What exactly does this mean for California and the country? Well yes, first of all I think most people would find this absolutely crazy. Even putting aside the obvious rise that this could create of HIV/AIDS for a minute, what reason could he have to encourage this? I mean if we lowered the murder sentence because it makes murderers feel bad, then yes, it encourages it, regardless of the validity of their reasoning. As for our country, this is a call to many that things are getting out of hand, more than they have been and possibly nearing the point to where counter-action should be taken. California continues to be the leading state in massive unprecedented and dangerous changes like these and we should be preparing for the very high possibility of seeing many more in the near future.