Earlier this month, Californians voted to pass Proposition 47, a ballot measure that reduces “certain non-serious and non-violent drug and property crimes” from felonies to misdemeanors. This not only redefines how future crimes will be sentenced, but inmates already serving time may be eligible for release or reduced sentences, pending a petition and court hearing.
Crimes being considered under this new law include:
· Petty theft
· Receiving stolen property
· Possession of small amounts of drugs
· Check fraud