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November 2014 General Election

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Proposition 47 - Criminal Sentences. Misdemeanor Penalties. Passed

Initiative Statute

 

Official Summary:

Requires misdemeanor sentence instead of felony for certain drug and property offenses. Inapplicable to persons with prior conviction for serious or violent crime and registered sex offenders. Fiscal Impact: State and county criminal justice savings potentially in the high hundreds of millions of dollars annually. State savings spent on school truancy and dropout prevention, mental health and substance abuse treatment, and victim services.

What a Yes or No Vote Means

A YES vote on this measure means: Criminal offenders who commit certain nonserious and nonviolent drug and property crimes would be sentenced to reduced penalties (such as shorter terms in jail). State savings resulting from the measure would be used to support school truancy and dropout prevention, victim services, mental health and drug abuse treatment, and other programs designed to keep offenders out of prison and jail.

A NO vote on this measure means: Penalties for offenders who commit certain nonserious and nonviolent drug and property crimes would not be reduced.

Official Voter Guide page

This page features the Legislative Analyst's analysis, pro-con arguments and the full proposition text.

Campaign Web Sites and Contact Information

Who Signed the Ballot Arguments Media Coverage

News articles and editorials are available from Voters Edge

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This page was first published on September 7, 2014 | Last updated on November 4, 2015
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