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 […]
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. […]
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
As you know, Proposition 47 brought an unprecedented opportunity to Californians: the law changed six nonviolent crimes from felonies to misdemeanors – and it allows anyone in the state that has one of these felonies on their old criminal records to remove the felony and the barriers it presents.
In California, there are more than 4,000 legal restrictions on people with felony convictions, restrictions that prevent employment, housing, and more. Proposition 47 gives hundreds of thousands of Californians a chance at stability and dignity. How to Organize a Record Change Toolkit