California’s Proposition 47: Reduced Penalties for Some Crimes Initiative

prop471023Voters in California are about to decide on Proposition 47, the Reduced Penalties for Some Crimes Initiative, which would reduce the classification of most “nonserious and nonviolent property and drug crimes” from a felony to a misdemeanor. Within the state’s large prison population, in addition to new sentencing guidelines going forward, 10,000 inmates would be eligible to have their charges reclassified to misdemeanors.

Also referred to as “The Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act”, the legislation would also create a fund that would receive appropriations based on savings accrued by the state during the fiscal year, as compared to the previous fiscal year, due to the initiative’s implementation. Estimates range from $150 million to $250 million per year, which would then be redistributed to various organizations in the education and corrections fields.

Get all the details on Prop 47 in this summary at ballotpedia.orgarrow1