Prop 47 will downgrade many less serious crimes from felonies to misdemeanors, thereby reducing the number of people incarcerated in California’s prisons and jails. In particular, it reduces the penalty for possession of most drugs for personal use from felonies to misdemeanors, according to the Libertarian Party of California.
Locking up people in prisons for less time for victimless crimes is a good start toward ending the drug war—and freeing up the criminal justice system to focus on violent crimes. The LPCA prefers the savings of not incarcerating those who commit nonviolent crimes go back to the taxpayers in the form of reduced taxes, rather than other government programs; however, focusing on violent crime with real victims is a more important issue. Continue reading