Thousands Awaiting Parole May Be Affected by the Passing of California Proposition 57

Last Tuesday Californians passed Prop 57 by an overwhelming majority (63% YES versus 36% NO vote). But due to the fact there were 17 different propositions on the ballot this year, many may be thinking, which one was prop 57 again?

For anyone currently in prison, as well as juveniles who are facing criminal proceedings and/or sentencing, there’s a good chance you will be affected by the passing of prop 57. Essentially it increases the chances of parole for felons convicted of nonviolent crimes and gives them more opportunities to earn credits for good behavior. And as for juveniles, it allows judges, not prosecutors, to decide whether to try certain juveniles as adults instead. This basically repeals Proposition 21 that was passed back in 2000.

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City Jail, County Jail, State Prison, Federal Prison… What’s the Difference?

If you or a loved one have been arrested, one question you may be wondering is, what exactly is the difference between “jail” and “prison”? According to the Crime MuseumJail is a locally-operated, short term facility where as prison is a state or federally operated, long term facility”. Let’s give a little more background and discuss the differences between each one.

City Jail

Commonly used as the holding center following an arrest, City jail is typically designated for the confinement of individuals who are sentenced for minor crimes or who are unable to gain release on bail and are in custody awaiting trial. This type of jail is usually the first place a person is taken after being arrested by police officers. Currently there are approximately 3,600 jails in the United St...