Proposition 47

Learn the history of the nation's largest record-change effort helping to end barriers for hundreds of thousands of Californians. Prop 47.

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Change My Record

If you have a low-level, nonviolent felony on your record, you may be able to reduce it to a misdemeanor under Prop. 47.

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Video: How To Change Your Record

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San Joaquin Justice Fair

Learn how your organization can host a Prop 47 Record Change & Justice Fair with our helpful resources.

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About Proposition 47

On November 4, 2014, California voters passed Proposition 47, a law that changed certain low-level crimes from potential felonies to misdemeanors. The savings from reduced incarceration costs will be invested into drug and mental health treatment, programs for at-risk students in K-12 schools, and victim services.

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  • Second Chances and Systems Change, How Proposition 47 is Changing California

    Second Chances and Systems Change, How Proposition 47 is Changing California “I had to be honest with myself and take responsibility for the part that I played and break the cycle.” – Ingrid Archie In August of 2015, Ingrid Archie was released from state prison after petitioning the court for resentencing under Proposition 47.  With support […]

  • Understanding County Budgeting After Proposition 47

    Our New Toolkit is Here! Understanding County Budgeting After Proposition 47 California is in the midst of major changes in criminal justice: policy shifts have been reducing over-incarceration at both the state and local level. These changes impact more than the number of people incarcerated – they also open up an opportunity to rethink spending. […]

  • Helping Immigrant Clients With Proposition 47 and Other Post-Conviction Legal Options

    When an immigrant commits a crime, they are held accountable just like other Californians, but criminal convictions — even for low-level, nonviolent crimes — can have far more long-term consequences for immigrants than for citizens. In fact, in terms of public safety, it is important to consider the long-term impact of destabilizing families when someone is deported due to contact with the criminal justice system. Immigration Tool Kit