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

Proposition 47 has sparked a movement and an important conversation about the future of safety and justice policy in California. Read the report to learn how California is changing and where the state needs to go next to advance smart justice and community health.

Here are a few of the impacts of Proposition 47 so far:

  •      280,001 petitions for resentencing or record change filed so far
  •      15,000 fewer incarcerated in California prisons and jails
  •      $68 million in state savings in year one
  •      Over 75 community and labor groups engaged in Proposition 47 implementation
  •      More than 150 community events held in the last two years about Proposition 47 and reclassifying prior criminal records

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

How to Organize a Record Change Clinic

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.

While thousands of people have taken the first step to remove nonviolent felonies from their records, there are still many more eligible people in California that can benefit from Proposition 47, and other clean slate remedies.

Many groups are holding record change events around the state and there is a HUGE need for more organizations to join in the effort. Our Toolkit provides tools to help you or your organization plan and organize a record change clinic including templates, resources, and information on Proposition 47 and other clean slate remedies.

Please share the toolkit with individuals and organizations that are interested in helping individuals rebuild their lives, break the cycle of poverty, and open doors to gainful employment, educational opportunities, stable housing, and other reentry services. Click here for a video on how Proposition 47 is changing lives.

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.

Our latest toolkit, created in partnership with the California Budget and Policy Center, is designed to help local advocates understand local budgeting processes and take advantage of this opportunity to improve local investment priorities.