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04
Nov
2015

The End Game

By ,

Say it loud.

That’s what California voters did last year when a commanding majority passed Proposition 47.

Prop 47 changes California’s criminal justice landscape, bringing hope and new prospects to thousands of prisoners, formerly incarcerated people and their families by reducing simple drug possession and petty theft offenses from felonies to misdemeanors.

This allows people to move on with their lives by removing barriers to employment, housing and education. Savings are to be directed to schools, reentry and treatment programs. So far 4,402 people have won release from prison, putting more than $770,000 a day back into California’s coffers.

But some public officials are dragging their feet on redirecting those savings. Others blame Prop 47 for an uptick in crime without any data to support their claims.

Time is running out. The window to correct old felony records closes in November 2017.

The voters have spoken: Proposition 47 is the law. Now it’s time for officials to open up the door and get out of the way.