BILL NUMBER: SB 722 VETOED DATE: 10/03/2015 To the Members of the California State Senate: I am returning the following nine bills without my signature: Assembly Bill 144 Assembly Bill 849 Senate Bill 168 Senate Bill 170 Senate Bill 271 Senate Bill 333 Senate Bill 347 Senate Bill 716 Senate Bill 722 Each of these bills creates a new crime ? usually by finding a novel way to characterize and criminalize conduct that is already proscribed. This multiplication and particularization of criminal behavior creates increasing complexity without commensurate benefit. Over the last several decades, California's criminal code has grown to more than 5,000 separate provisions, covering almost every conceivable form of human misbehavior. During the same period, our jail and prison populations have exploded. Before we keep going down this road, I think we should pause and reflect on how our system of criminal justice could be made more human, more just and more cost-effective. Sincerely, Edmund G. Brown Jr.