“Prop 57 focuses law enforcement on serious violent crime, stops wasting costly prison space on non-violent people who can be rehabilitated, and directs savings to programs with a proven track record of stopping the cycle of crime.”
– Governor Jerry Brown
Over the last several decades, California’s prison population exploded by 500% and prison spending ballooned to more than $10 billion every year.
Meanwhile, too few inmates were rehabilitated and most re-offended after release.
The Public Safety and Rehabilitation Act of 2016 stops arbitrary prisoner release and improves public safety.
Overcrowded and unconstitutional conditions led the U.S. Supreme Court to order the state to reduce its prison population. Now, without a common sense, long-term solution, we will continue to waste billions and risk a court-ordered release of dangerous prisoners. This is an unacceptable outcome that puts Californians in danger.
Prop 57 focuses resources on what is known to work the best to increase public safety.
Evidence shows that the more inmates are rehabilitated, the less likely they are to re-offend. Further evidence shows that minors who remain under juvenile court supervision are less likely to commit new crimes. Prop 57 focuses on evidence-based rehabilitation and allows a juvenile court judge to decide whether or not a minor should be prosecuted as an adult.