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.

This prop was created and heavily supported by Gov. Jerry Brown to address the ongoing issue of prison overcrowding that has been plaguing California for years. According to the Associated Press this will mean that about 7,000 inmates will be immediately eligible for parole hearings. For some this may be a cause for alarm, however officials said that about 5,700 of the 7,000 are already eligible under an existing federal court order. This proposition is expected to save the state of California tens of millions of dollars annually.

There were however many that opposed the passing of this proposition. In addition to law enforcement agencies, at least half a dozen newspapers, including The Fresno Bee, San Diego Union-Tribune, and The Mercury News, all opposed prop 57. Here’s a full list of all those that were in opposition.

Regardless of who was for and who was against it, the proposition passed and will now become law. If you or a loved one are in a situation where you think you might be affected, be sure to speak with a lawyer about all of your options.

 

 

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