Will Proposition 47 Stay in Motion for California’s New Election Year?

(AmericanProsperity.com) – California voters will be faced with a choice when it comes to the infamous Proposition 47 and whether or not it will stay as law.

The fear around crime in California has been the focus of many conversations and has been the center of politics for the state. Proposition 47 is a law that downgraded multiple different felonies to misdemeanors, and was heralded as a step in criminal justice reform.

Supporters of getting rid of the law include law enforcement, conservative lawmakers, major business groups, San Francisco’s London Breed, and San Jose’s Matt Mahan. The support for it shows the desire for a more conservative approach to crime, which would include more law enforcement officers on the street.

The discussion around the proposition has gained popularity as the state deals with homelessness, open-air drug use, theft, and more, which prompted many politicians and lawmakers to be split on the law.

Greg Totten, CEO of the California District Attorneys Association, spoke out against the law saying, “Prop 47 was a lie from day one. Its deliberately misleading title was designed to trick voters.” He continued, “A decade later things, are worse than they have ever been.”

California governor, Gavin Newsom, supported the proposition for years but recently spoke out about it. “I don’t think there’s a need to have it on the ballot. Why have something on the ballot that doesn’t actually achieve the goals that are intended?” he said.

With this, they have announced a possible replacement which would be called Prop 2. This would allow voters to decide whether or not thieves could be punished more harshly if their repeat offenses happen within three years.

Lenore Anderson, the co-author of Prop 47, said, “It was the first time that voters were willing to change multiple sections of the penal code to reduce incarceration.”

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