3,700 Freed By CA Prop 47; Felons Changing Conviction Records


California’s Proposition 47, which reduced drug possession and several other nonviolent felonies to misdemeanors, has prompted the release of more than 3,700 inmates from state prison, the Los Angeles Times reports. Opponents of the measure said it would make California’s streets more dangerous and would strip away much of the incentive that got people into drug treatment: keeping a felony off their record. Another part of the law that drew less attention allows people who have already served their time to ask a court to reduce years-old convictions from felonies to misdemeanors.

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