Proposition 57: Parole for Non-Violent Criminals; Juvenile Court Trial Requirements
Available once the California Secretary of State has certified the election. This can take up to 3 weeks or more.
Allows parole consideration for nonviolent felons. Authorizes sentence credits for rehabilitation, good behavior, and education. Provides juvenile court judge decides whether juvenile will be prosecuted as adult. Fiscal Impact: Net state savings likely in the tens of millions of dollars annually, depending on implementation. Net county costs of likely a few million dollars annually.
Proponents of Proposition 57 believe that the measure will address critical overcrowding in California prisons. They say that it will keep dangerous felons in prison while rehabilitating and releasing only non-violent offenders. They claim that the current sentencing system is too expensive and that Proposition 57 could save the state tens of millions of dollars.
Opponents of the measure believe that Proposition 57 will release offenders who are more dangerous than proponents admit. They say the measure is poorly worded and doesn't address the crime rate costs to the state's population.