November 4, 2014, California voters passed Proposition 47, a law that changed certain Low-Level Crimes from potential Felonies to Misdemeanors:
Individuals with a prior felony record for any of the low-level, nonviolent offenses may qualify to change their record or their sentence to a misdemeanor:
Despite the importance of Crime Prevention and Treatment to stop the cycle of crime, these strategies often suffer from a lack of Community Investments.
As our criminal justice priorities change, there is a big opportunity to invest in prevention and treatment at scale to improve community safety.
One of Proposition 47’s most promising opportunities is the Reallocation of corrections funding to crime prevention and treatment.
An independent state agency projects that Proposition 47 will produce Hundreds of Millions of dollars annually in savings at both the state level and among California’s counties.
The law allocates savings in State Prison costs to local Mental Health and Drug Treatment programs at the community level, K-12 students, and trauma recovery services to help victims of CRIME.
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