Effective November 5, 2014, proposition 47’s main purpose is to reduce certain non-violent and non-serious felonious crimes to just misdemeanors. This proposition can be beneficial to past, present, and future offenders of certain felonies. Specifically, proposition 47 applies to:
The proposition is projected to affect an estimated 2000 inmates who are eligible to reduce their charge from a felony to a misdemeanor in the Los Angeles County alone, and an estimated 4500 inmates in the state of California. Reducing a felony charge to a misdemeanor charge can result in a reduction in jail time. In California, an offender may be sentenced to a maximum of one year in jail for a misdemeanor crime, while felony offenders can spend significantly longer periods of time in jail.
Prop 47 Appeal?
The crimes affected by proposition 47 include:
Not covered under Prop 47 However, an offender may not be eligible for proposition 47 (reducing a felony into a misdemeanor for the crimes mentioned above) if: