Debate Over Proposition 9

Two sides of Ballot Measure referred to as "Crime Victims' Bill of Rights"

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John Dadian was a cab driver in the Bay Area until one day in 1975, he was shot execution style by a16-year-old Brandy Giggey, who told police she was 23.

Thirty-three years later, Dadian's son John, says he's forced to relive the death of his father every two years, including just recently.

 "This parole hearing that I attended two days ago, keep in mind I knew about it two years ago, so for about the last six months, I've lost sleep gearing up on this," Dadian said.  "It really weighs very heavily on the victim's family."

 If Proposition 9 passes, it will lengthen the time for parole eligibility from every one to five years to every three to 15 years.  Victim's families say the process, often five to eight hours long, can be agonizing.

But those against Proposition 9 say it's poorly written and and parts of it cross the line, allowing family members of victims to speak out at bail sessions.

 "That part's most likely going to be unconstitutional because no one's been proven guilty yet," said Glenn Backes who works with the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights.

But the main complaint, according to opponents is how much money it could cost the state.  Backes said because of a provision in the ballot measure that says, "No one prisoner may be released early."

If it passes, opponents said, there will be severe over-crowding of prisons and no money allocated to fix the problem.

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