In November of 2014, Californians voted to pass Proposition 47 - a measure that reclassified some nonviolent felony crimes to misdemeanors.
Prop 47 also allowed current prisoners to petition judges to reduce their sentences based on the new reclassification of their crimes.The expected savings from incarcerating less people was estimated by the Legislative Analyst’s Office to be up to $200 million annually. These savings were designed to be invested in mental health programs, drug treatment, early education and other infrastructure.
Amending Prop. 47?
With a few months of implementation underway in California, there are many perspectives about the impact of Prop. 47.
There have even been changes to Prop. 47 proposed by the California Legislature this year. If any of these proposed changes in the form of Senate or Assembly bills are passed and signed by the governor, they would require a majority affirmative vote by the voters to amend Prop. 47.
Learn more about proposed changes to Prop. 47
Here are a few resources and perspectives about the implementation of Prop. 47 in California:
- Steps to qualify to reclassify an offense or be resentenced
- The California Endowment
- Californians for Safety and Justice
- Project Kinship
- San Diego Union Tribune article
- Read the original ballot measure from the November 2014 ballot
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