Study: Proposition 47 ‘Prison Reform’ Increased Property Crimes by 9%

By Chriss Street

A new study by the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) found voter-approved Proposition 47, which reduced penalties for lower-level crimes, increased property crimes by 9 percent.

The California social justice advocates who sponsored the Prop 47 ballot initiative in November 2014 claimed that the state historically had over-penalized lower-level drug and property offenders, resulting in high incarceration rates and correctional costs. By reducing penalties associated with so-called “Prop 47 offenses” from felonies to misdemeanors, advocates claimed the state would slash the incarcerated population’s size and length of sentences.

Passing with almost 60 percent support, Prop 47 reduced shoplifting, grand theft, receiving stolen property, check forgery, check fraud, and writing bad checks where the loss does not exceed $950 from felonies to misdemeanors. The measure also downgraded the personal use of most illegal drugs from a felony to a misdemeanor.

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2 Responses to Study: Proposition 47 ‘Prison Reform’ Increased Property Crimes by 9%

  1. William Hicks June 19, 2018 at 11:20 am

    This is what happens when people don’t consider the consequences of elections. Or, maybe this is what they want.

  2. William Hicks June 18, 2018 at 1:32 pm

    When you start to understand that those “lower level” criminals likely originally plead down to a lesser crime, it’s not hard to understand that property crimes would increase. There’s just no incentive to go straight when judges love to fast tract their court calendar by having plea bargaining. Thus allowing criminals to get off easy.


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