Proposition 47 Prisoners
Top of Mind with Julie Rose - Radio Archive, Episode 179 , Segment 2
Episode: ISIS, California Prisoners, National Parks in Winter, Flu Shots
- Nov 16, 2015 10:00 pm
- 19:24 mins
Guest: Milena Blake, JD, Staff Attorney on Stanford’s Justice Advocacy Project Overcrowded prisons are a problem nationwide, but they’ve become so serious in California that the US Supreme Court ordered a significant reduction in prison headcount by next year. Initially, the plan involved releasing some prisoners early and transferring others from federal prisons to county-run jails with more space. Then California voters got involved. Last year they passed a proposition that converted six types of non-violent felonies into misdemeanors. And it’s retroactive, so a Stanford Law School report says some 13,000 people doing time in California prisons and jails on those offenses have had their sentences reduced and been released in the last year.