Californians will have the opportunity to reverse prison reform

Gov. Jerry Brown discusses his revised 2018-19 state budget at a Capitol news conference Friday, May 11, 2018, in Sacramento, Calif. Brown proposed a $137.6 billion general fund budget, up nearly $6 billion from his earlier proposal in January. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

Prop 47 and 57 have brought unintended consequences to many communities across California. Law enforcement members have been particularly outspoken about the the two measures inhibiting them from properly performing their jobs. The initiatives, both of which were backed by Gov. Jerry Brown in the hopes of reducing prison crowding, have been criticized for exacerbating crime by making it easier for non-violent offenders to escape charges and jail time.

In 2020, the sunny state’s voters will have a chance to demand reform! An initiative that has secured a spot on the ballot would, in part, implement additional restrictions on parole, restore felony sentences for certain crimes that were downgraded to misdemeanors and mandate more DNA testing, according to Politico.

Host Ethan Bearman is celebrating the announcement, and so are our listeners around the Bay Area! Listen to Bearman’s podcast below to learn additional information on the topic and hear callers’ comments!

 

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