Californians have an historic opportunity to bring about needed and long-overdue criminal justice reform by voting Yes on Proposition 47.
This measure would:
- Improve public safety;
- Reduce prison spending; and
- Increase our investment in K-12 schools, victims’ services and mental health and drug treatment.
Prop. 47, the Safe Neighborhood and Schools Act, will be on the ballot this November. It would change the lowest-level, nonviolent crimes such as simple drug possession and petty theft from felonies to misdemeanors. The savings would go toward preventing crime.
If it passes, California will lead the nation in ending felony sentencing for the lowest level, non-violent crimes, permanently reduce incarceration and shift $1 billion in the next five years alone from the state corrections department to K-12 school programs and mental health and drug treatment.
This reform maintains the current law for anyone with prior convictions for rape, murder or child molestation.
At the same time, Prop. 47 reduces the barriers that many people with a low-level, non-violent felony conviction face to becoming stable and productive citizens, such as a lack of employment, housing and access to assistance programs and professional trades.
Yes on Prop. 47 is supported by law enforcement leaders, crime victims, teachers, rehabilitation experts, business leaders, faith-based leaders and immigrant rights organizations, as well as the CHIRLA Action Fund.
This reform will focus our law enforcement resources on violent and serious crime, and use the savings in prison spending to prevent crime.