Advocates Say Prop. 47 Has Reduced Jail Crowding, Saving MoneyA new study by an advocacy group says a voter-approved initiative has cut California's prison and jail populations by about 13,000 inmates.
County Jail Populations Declining After Voter-Approved MeasureInmate populations are falling in once-overcrowded California county jails since voters decided in November that certain drug and property crimes should be treated as misdemeanors instead of felonies.
Police, Shop Owners Worry Proposition 47 May Lead To Increase In ShopliftingProposition 47 reduced the penalties and sentences for low-level drug and property crimes. This means shoplifting, forgery, fraud, and petty theft can now be treated as misdemeanors instead of felons, allowing some criminals in jail to go free.
Placer County Inmate Says He Likely Won't Reoffend After Prop. 47 Early ReleaseKevin Stovall is just one of many released from the Placer County Jail on Monday under Proposition 47. The measure approved by voters on Nov. 4 reduced his second-degree burglary conviction to a misdemeanor.
Placer County Jail To Release 7 People Under Proposition 47Seven people will be released from the Placer County Jail today as a result of the passing of Proposition 47.
Federal Judges Order California To Speed Up Inmate ReleasesFederal judges are telling California to speed up its process for releasing some nonviolent inmates as part of a previous order forcing the state to sharply reduce its prison population.
Funding Worries Cloud Inmates Futures After Proposition 47 Reduces SentencesSacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones said more than 50 of his inmates have already been released from Sacramento County Jail, because under the law, they do not face felons anymore.
Dozens Of Prisoners Freed From Sacramento County Jail Days After Voters Approve Proposition 47Sheriffs across the state immediately began implementing Proposition 47, which calls for treating shoplifting, forgery, fraud, petty theft and possession of small amounts of drugs, including cocaine, heroin and methamphetamines, as misdemeanors instead of felonies.