It's a simple and common-sense idea, but a powerful one. This reform will improve public safety, reduce prison spending and invest hundreds of millions in K-12 schools, victim services, and mental health and drug treatment.
The idea? Change the lowest-level, nonviolent crimes such as simple drug possession and petty theft from felonies to misdemeanors - and dedicate the savings to crime prevention. This reform maintains the current law for registered sex offenders and anyone with prior convictions for rape, murder or child molestation.
Supported by law enforcement leaders, crime victims, teachers, rehabilitation experts, business leaders, faith-based leaders and civil rights organizations, this reform will focus our law enforcement resources on violent and serious crime, and use the savings in prison spending to prevent crime: improvements to K to 12 schools, victim services, and mental health treatment.
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