Whether she wants it or not, Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims received support Thursday from reality television star Duane “Dog” Chapman in her dispute with Gov. Jerry Brown over Proposition 57.
Chapman is well-known to fans of the reality genre for tracking down criminals who skip court and leave bondsmen on the hook for the bail. In perhaps his most famous case, he ran afoul of authorities in 2003 after he went south of the border to capture fugitive cosmetics heir Andrew Luster.
Mims has taken on the governor for his support of Proposition 57, which advocates say will amend the state constitution to allow parole consideration for “non-violent” felons who have served their minimum sentences. Opponents argue that many of those who would be eligible under the measure are not “non-violent,” and that the weakening of California’s anti-crime laws has gone far enough.
Last week, Brown criticized Mims in a voice mail for issuing a campaign mailer against Proposition 57. Mims responded that the governor was mistaken about the measure’s potential impact, citing the case of Anthur Lisker, a 77-year-old repeat criminal convicted of 10 charges, including rape and possession of a firearm by a felon. Lisker would be eligible for release under Proposition 57, Mims stated.
Weighing in on the side of the sheriff, Chapman said, “the road to Hell is paved with good intentions.