WHAT IS IT?
The Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act (Prop 47) makes California the first state in the country to eliminate felony sentencing for low-level nonviolent crimes. Prop 47 reduces sentences for petty theft and simple drug possession from felonies to misdemeanors, saving the state of California $150-250 million per year that is being reallocated to school programs, drug treatment, victims’ services and mental health programs.
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?
Right now, California spends around $9,000 educating each public school student, as opposed to $50,000 per year incarcerating each inmate. In the past 30 years, California has built 30 new prisons and only 1 new university. Our state budget is grossly skewed towards incarcerating our citizens instead of giving them the help they need to stay out of prison. Prop 47 not only gets thousands of nonviolent offenders out of prison, it builds programs necessary to keep more at-risk people from ending up in the prison system.
Prop 47 Moves Us Past the Jail-First Response to Drug Crimes
Change in Our Justice System is Long Overdue
About Prop 47
Education Spending Versus Prison Spending
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