Tag: Prop 47

31
Oct

Prop 47: A Step In The Right Direction

Written by Kevin Akpan, SSDP Stories Intern, and Greg Gaffney-Bills, Policy and Legislative Affairs Director at George Washington University In 2001, Portugal decriminalized all drugs. Possession of everything from marijuana and psychedelics to heroin and cocaine now results in mandatory drug education, counseling, and rehabilitation, instead of incarceration. Oddly enough, the sky didn’t fall and the world kept spinning. However, the prohibitionists were right about one

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20
Oct

Prop 47: California to Vote on Landmark Resentencing Initiative

Written by Board member Lauren Mendelsohn This November, Californians will vote on a ballot initiative that would modify criminal sentencing in order to reduce prison population. The initiative, Proposition 47, also known as the “Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act of 2014,” would reduce the mandatory sentencing of certain nonviolent low-level crimes, including drug possession, from felonies or “wobblers” (i.e., potential

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