Proposition 57: Parole Consideration For Nonviolent Felons, Juvenile Parole And Sentencing

(The information below was taken from the California Secretary of State’s website.)

Analysis | Arguments & Rebuttals | Text of Proposed Law (PDF)

Allows parole consideration for nonviolent felons. Authorizes sentence credits for rehabilitation, good behavior, and education. Provides juvenile court judge decides whether juvenile will be prosecuted as adult. Fiscal Impact: Net state savings likely in the tens of millions of dollars annually, depending on implementation. Net county costs of likely a few million dollars annually.

A YES vote on this measure means: Certain state prison inmates convicted of nonviolent felony offenses would be considered for release earlier than otherwise. The state prison system could award additional sentencing credits to inmates for good behavior and approved rehabilitative or educational achievements. Youths must have a hearing in juvenile court before they could be transferred to adult court.

A NO vote on this measure means: There would be no change to the inmate release process. The state’s prison system could not award additional sentencing credits to inmates. Certain youths could continue to be tried in adult court without a hearing in juvenile court.

PRO: California public safety leaders and victims of crime support Proposition 57—the Public Safety and Rehabilitation Act of 2016—because Prop. 57 focuses resources on keeping dangerous criminals behind bars, while rehabilitating juvenile and adult inmates and saving tens of millions of taxpayer dollars. YES on Prop. 57.

CON: Vote NO on 57 because it:
Authorizes EARLY RELEASE of violent criminals, including those who RAPE unconscious victims.
Authorizes immediate release for 16,000 dangerous criminals, even convicted murderers.
Amends the California Constitution; takes rights away from victims; grants more rights to criminals. Vote NO on 57.

James Harrison
Remcho, Johansen and Purcell, LLP
1901 Harrison Street,
Suite 1550
Oakland, CA 94612
(510) 346-6200

William Kolkey
Stop Early Release of Violent Criminals Committee FPPC#1386627
No on 57 Committee
921 11th Street, #300
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 409-7401


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