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Californians Vote to Weaken Mass Incarceration -- With the approval of Proposition 47 Tuesday, the Golden State will make major reforms to its sentencing laws.

California's Proposition 47 wasn't one of the most followed votes in Tuesday's midterm election, but it could change thousands of lives soon. Under the ballot initiative, dozens of nonviolent property and drug crimes will be reduced from felonies to misdemeanors, potentially freeing tens of thousands of prisoners. Funds that would have otherwise been spent on their incarceration will now be funneled into mental health and drug-treatment programs. [read the full story here]


Atlantic, Thursday, November 6, 2014

tags: Correctional Policy & Decision-Making, California

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