Prop 47 — the Safe Neighborhoods Act — is on the ballot this November! Here’s why you should vote YES! This is a historic opportunity for Californians to bring about needed and long-overdue criminal justice reform! By voting Yes on Proposition 47, the measure would:
- Improve public safety
- Reduce prison spending
- Increase our investment in K-12 schools, victims’ services and mental health and drug treatment.
This measure would change the lowest-level, nonviolent crimes such as simple drug possession and petty theft from felonies to misdemeanors. The reform maintains the current law for anyone with prior convictions for rape, murder or child molestation. At the same time, Prop 47 reduces the barriers that many people with a low-level, non-violent felony conviction face in becoming stable and productive citizens, such as a lack of employment, housing, and access to assistance programs and professional trades.
Yes on Proposition 47 is supported by numerous law enforcement leaders, crime victims, teachers, rehabilitation experts, business leaders, faith-based leaders and civil rights organizations, as well as the ACLU of California. This reform will focus our law enforcement resources on violent and serious crime, then use the savings in prison spending to prevent crime. If Prop 47 passes, California will lead the nation in ending felony sentencing for the lowest level, non-violent crimes, permanently reduce incarceration, and shift $1 billion (in the next five years alone!) from the state corrections department to K-12 school programs and mental health and drug treatment.
Don’t forget to Vote Yes on Proposition 47 on Nov. 4. The deadline to register to vote is Oct. 20 and You can register to vote online.
P.S. Come along to The Reentry Conference this Saturday! It will offer an opportunity to learn about reentry resources available in the Bay Area, discuss issues related to reentry as it affects all constituents (including the Safe Neighborhoods Act), and build relationships between service providers and reentering individuals looking to connect with services. The conference runs from 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM on Saturday, September 27th at St. Mary’s Cathedral 1111 Gough St., San Francisco, CA.