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The “Ripple Effect” of Proposition 47: Part 1 of a 3-part series

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Posted: November 28, 2014 9:12 a.m.
Updated: December 19, 2014 3:54 p.m.

Proposition 47 didn't receive very much media attention before the ballot. Now that it has passed, though, some pretty major changes are coming to California in the way in which crimes are classified. To be exact, many common, yet non-violent offenses that were previously classified as “felonies” are now being downgraded to “misdemeanors” (with reduced sentences) in an effort to quickly release non-violent offenders from custody.

The idea of downgrading the felonies was to help the state save money by housing less inmates, additionally, easing the jail overcrowding problem. This in turn, would make prisons safer for both inmates and state employees.

California Prison Overcrowding

For years now, overcrowding in California's prison system has been both a financial burden for the state as well as a safety issue for inmates. In an attempt to alleviate some of this overcrowding, many non-violent offenders were relocated from state prisons into county jails. While this did reduce some of the financial burden on the state, it didn't solve the problem completely. After the transfer, counties across the state have had to come up with the money to house the inmates as well as try and find room to house them. Many county jails found themselves in the same situation that the state prisons were in - namely; that they had too many prisoners and it was costing too much money to house them all.

Ultimately, the only way to really solve the overcrowding problem was to get inmates out of custody completely, and that's where proposition 47 came in. The proposition in theory, would reduce several felony-level, non-violent offenses down to misdemeanors, and re-sentence thousands of inmates.

Robin Sandoval is a California licensed Bail Bondsman and owner of SCV Bail bonds, a Santa Clarita Bail Bonds Agency. Robin writes content to help increase community awareness of the bail industry and related topics. If you have questions or comments, reach her at [email protected], visit, or dial 661 299 2245



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