47 - Criminal sentence reduction

If it passes

The penalties for some common crimes would be reduced from potential felonies to misdemeanors, shortening the time some individuals spend behind bars.

Crimes covered by the measure include drug possession and the following offenses when less than $950 is involved: shoplifting, check and credit fraud, forgery, theft and possession of stolen goods. As with other misdemeanors, the new maximum sentence would be one year in jail, down from a maximum of three years. Those with histories of violence or sex offenses would be ineligible for the lighter sentences.

Most offenders who would be affected by this measure already serve their sentences in county jails, and many are released early. However, anyone already serving prison time for a felony conviction on a reclassified crime could petition for a new sentence. That includes those incarcerated under the state's Three Strikes law.

Any reductions in state prison spending that result from Proposition 47 would go to a fund for crime victims, the state jails commission and the California Department of Education.

Endorsements

Los Angeles Times Editorial

Support

  • George Gascon, District Attorney City and County of San Francisco
  • William Lansdowne, Former Chief of Police San Diego, San Jose, Richmond
  • Dionne Wilson, Victims’ Advocate Crime Survivors for Safety & Justice
  • George Gascon, District Attorney City and County of San Francisco
  • William Lansdowne, Former Chief of Police San Diego, San Jose, Richmond
  • Dionne Wilson, Victims’ Advocate Crime Survivors for Safety & Justice

Oppose

  • Sandra Henriquez, Executive Director California Coalition Against Sexual Assault
  • Adam Christianson, President California State Sheriffs’ Association
  • Roger Mayberry, President California Fraternal Order of Police
  • Christopher W. Boyd, President California Police Chiefs Association
  • Harriet Salarno, President Crime Victims United
  • Gilbert G. Otero, President California District Attorneys Association

Tracking the money

$9.9 million has been raised

Support
$9,310,449
Oppose
$541,350

Search contributions

Contributions by state

Support

$1
$10K
$100K
$500K
$1M
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State Amount %
California $3,317,396 35.6%
Other $5,993,052 64.4%

Oppose

$1
$10K
$100K
$500K
$1M
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State Amount %
California $510,350 94.3%
Other $31,000 5.7%

Contributions by special interest

Sector Support Oppose Total
Legal $3,980,130 $39,000 $4,019,129
Foundations $2,992,850 $13,500 $3,006,349
Real estate $1,275,350 $2,500 $1,277,850
Political campaign $144,663 $326,250 $470,912
Consulting $255,750 $51,400 $307,150
Arts & entertainment $261,939 $0 $261,939
Union $191,060 $51,000 $242,060
Financial services $113,250 $31,000 $144,250
Education $54,967 $3,000 $57,966
Retired $17,550 $0 $17,549
Hospitality $0 $12,500 $12,500
Technology $1,250 $5,000 $6,250
Healthcare $5,450 $0 $5,450
Government $200 $3,700 $3,900
Homemaker $350 $0 $350
Transportation $350 $0 $350
Construction $200 $0 $200
Retail $150 $0 $150
Food & liquor $100 $0 $100
Waste $100 $0 $100

Top contributors in support

# Name Contributions# Total
1. american civil liberties union, inc. (nonprofit 501(c)(4)) 2 $3,500,000
2. Open Society Policy Center 3 $1,460,112
3. B. Wayne Hughes Jr., public storage 3 $1,255,000
4. Atlantic Advocacy Fund 1 $600,000
5. Molly Munger, english, munger & rice 1 $325,448
6. atlantic advocacy fund (intermediary: vote safe, a project of the advocacy fund) 1 $250,000
7. nick pritzker, tao capital partners, llc 1 $250,000
8. Reed Hastings, netflix 1 $246,664
9. M. Quinn Delaney, akonadi foundation 2 $200,000
10. Cari Tuna, Cari Tuna 1 $150,000

Top contributors in opposition

# Name Contributions# Total
1. Peace Officers Research Assoc. of Calif. Political Issues Committee 3 $285,000
2. aladdin bail bonds 1 $49,900
3. calif. assoc. of highway patrolmen pac 1 $25,000
4. lexington national insurance corp. 1 $25,000
5. Calif. State Lodge Fraternal Order of Police Issues Committee 1 $25,000
6. calif. narcotics officers assoc. 1 $13,500
7. Artichoke Joe's Casino 1 $10,000
8. Greg Munks For Sheriff 2014 2 $8,500
9. kern county prosecutor's assoc. pac 1 $7,500
10. san mateo county deputy sheriff's assoc. 1 $7,500

Note: Committees campaigning for or against a proposition can contribute money to other committees working to support or oppose any of the propositions on the November ballot.

Credits: Lily Mihalik, Maloy Moore, Anthony Pesce.