There are many in law enforcement who claim that Proposition 47 reshapes criminal law to allow for drug addicts who commit crimes, outside of being in possession or under the influence of a controlled substance, to receive reduced sentences. While it does allow for reduced sentences for thefts under $950 committed by nonviolent offenders the law applies equally regardless of whether the person is a drug addict or not. Continue reading “Crime, Drug Rehabilitation, and Exclusions: Part 2 of our look at Prop. 47”
On November 4, 2014, Californian voters passed Proposition 47, titled the Reduced Penalties for Some Crimes Initiative. The initiative reduces the classification of most “nonserious and nonviolent drug crimes” from felonies to misdemeanor charges.[i] It was immediately met by many, especially in law enforcement circles, as the End of Days. We want to take a minute to discuss, in two articles, what Prop. 47 does and does not do, and why. Continue reading “Proposition 47: What it does and does not do. Part I”
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