Drug Arrests Down, Property Crime Up Under California’s Proposition 47


Since California’s Proposition 47 became law Nov. 5, the criminal justice system is undergoing dramatic changes, not always in expected ways, says the Los Angeles Times. The idea was to reduce incarceration times for nonviolent offenders and focus on rehabilitation while easing jail overcrowding. Some people who commit Proposition 47 crimes are not being arrested, avoiding jail and drug treatment that could turn their lives around. Narcotics arrests are down 30 percent in Los Angeles and 48 percent in areas patrolled by the L.A. County Sheriff, as busy officers decide the time needed to process a case is not worth it.

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