Should the penalties for certain offenders convicted of nonserious, nonviolent crimes be reduced from felonies to misdemeanors?
- Requires misdemeanor sentence instead of felony for certain drug possession offenses.
- Requires misdemeanor sentence instead of felony for the following crimes when amount involved
is $950 or less: petty theft, receiving stolen property, and forging/writing bad checks.
- Allows felony sentence for these offenses if person has previous conviction for crimes such as rape,
murder, or child molestation or is registered sex offender.
- Requires resentencing for persons serving felony sentences for these offenses unless court finds
unreasonable public safety risk.
- Applies savings to mental health and drug treatment programs, K+12 schools, and crime victims.
- Net state criminal justice system savings that could reach the low hundreds of millions of dollars
annually. These savings would be spent on school truancy and dropout prevention, mental health
and substance abuse treatment, and victim services.
- Net county criminal justice system savings that could reach several hundred million dollars
- A YES vote on this measure means:
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
- A NO vote on this measure means:
for offenders who commit
certain nonserious and
nonviolent drug and property
crimes would not be reduced.
- Summary of Arguments FOR Proposition 47:
- Changes low-level
nonviolent crimes, such
as simple drug possession and
petty theft from felonies to
felonies for registered sex
offenders and anyone
previously convicted of rape,
murder or child molestation.
Saves hundreds of millions of
dollars every year and funds
schools, crime victims, mental
health and drug treatment.
- Summary of Arguments AGAINST Proposition 47:
- Potentially releases
10,000 felons from state
prison. Reduces penalties for
stealing guns. Reduces penalties
for possession of "date rape"
drugs. Opposed by prosecutors,
law enforcement, and the
business community. Opposed
by crime victims and sexual
abuse victims. Vote NO on
- Contact FOR Proposition 47:
- Yes on 47
- Contact AGAINST Proposition 47:
- John Lovell
California Police Chiefs
1127 11th Street, Ste. 523
Sacramento, CA 95814
Secretary of State
Campaign Finance Data
- Funding Summary for Prop 47
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News and Analysis
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- San Diego U-T
- What you need to know about Prop 47
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