SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — California voters have approved a controversial measure that will allow re-sentencing for thousands of inmates currently in prison.
Prop 47 would reduce the classification of most “nonserious and nonviolent property and drug crimes” from a felony to a misdemeanor for about 10,000 California inmates.
The prop will also create a Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Fund. The fund would receive appropriations based on savings accrued by the state during the fiscal year, as compared to the previous fiscal year, due to the initiative’s implementation. Estimates range from $150 million to $250 million per year.
The measure would require misdemeanor sentencing instead of felony for the following crimes:
- Shoplifting, where the value of property stolen does not exceed $950
- Grand theft, where the value of the stolen property does not exceed $950
- Receiving stolen property, where the value of the property does not exceed $950
- Forgery, where the value of forged check, bond or bill does not exceed $950
- Fraud, where the value of the fraudulent check, draft or order does not exceed $950
- Writing a bad check, where the value of the check does not exceed $950
- Personal use of most illegal drugs
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