Editor’s note: Breaking views are thoughts from individual members of the editorial board on today’s headlines.
Four years ago, California voters approved Proposition 47 to reduce a handful of low-level theft and drug possession crimes from felonies to misdemeanors and invest the savings from reduced incarceration into crime prevention and reentry programs. The latter part has started to happen.
Fundamentally, Prop 47 was a long needed step in the right direction. Punishing petty thieves and drug possessors with felony convictions and the lifelong restrictions that accompany a felony record is a nonsensical, draconian approach that does little to keep the public safe [READ MORE HERE]
Source: OC Register