2016 POLICY ADVOCACY PRIORITIES
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Prop 57, approved with over 65% of the vote on November 8, has the potential to strengthen California’s justice system and increase public safety by expanding rehabilitation in prisons and improving the process by which youth can be tried as adults. Key provisions of the ballot measure include the following:
- Requires judges, rather than prosecutors, to decide whether minors as young as 14 years old should be tried as adults and sent to adult prison.
- Allows persons convicted of a non-violent felony and sentenced to state prison to be eligible for parole consideration after completing the full term of their primary offense.
- Grants the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) the authority to award credits earned for good behavior, and rehabilitative or educational achievements.
Learn more about Prop 57 by visiting vote4prop57.com.