Pass proposition 57--
the public safety and rehabilitation act

THE PROBLEM:

Policies such as charging juveniles as adults and mandatory minimum sentencing laws have torn apart communities and left California prisons  overcrowded and unsustainable.

Meanwhile, generations of communities have been damaged by the state's approach to mass incarceration. Tools given to prosecutors to extend prison sentences, such as sentence enhancements and the power to adjudicate juveniles in adult court have contributed greatly to the bloated numbers of the incarcerated.


THE SOLUTION:

California must roll back the criminal justice policies that has lead to a 500% increase in the prison population over the past couple of decades.

Passing Proposition 57 (The Public Safety and Rehabilitation Act) is a significant opportunity to reduce the number of people who will be sent to prison, as well as how long people have to serve behind bars.

The proposition does so by 3 important ways:

1) Take away the power of prosecutors to "direct file" juveniles into adult court. That decision will be returned to judges, as it was before the passage of Proposition 21 in 2000.

2) Give parole consideration for those convicted of non-violent crimes after the completion of the primary offense, rather then having to wait until sentence extending enhancements are completed.

3) Award credits for good behavior such as rehabilitative and educational programming.


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MEDIA:


TIMELINE AND STATUS:

1988: The California Street Terrorism Enforcement and Prevention Act (STEP Act), commonly known as the Gang Enhancement Laws passes; impacting youth and adults of color for the next couple of decades.

2000: California’s Proposition 21, the “Juvenile Justice Initiative” was approved; further criminalizing our youth by giving control to District Attorneys to directly file charges against juvenile offenders in adult court, as well as barring youth to seal their juvenile record even after years of rehabilitation.

May 2016: Governor Jerry Brown submits nearly a million signatures after a successful statewide petition campaign to have the Public Safety and Rehabilitation Act of 2016 on the November ballot.

November 2016: Californians vote in Proposition 57, marking a historic shift in criminal justice policies, and carving a pathway for thousands of people to be free from the prison system, or not enter it to begin with.
 

CAMPAIGN STATUS: WE WON!

On November 8th, 2016 California voters passed Proposition 57! Over 63% of the electorate voted for the proposition that gave discretion back to the judges for juvenile adjudication, and will result in parole reviews for some, and early release credits for those in the California prison system.

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ASSIST IN THE CAMPAIGN:

  • Silicon Valley De-Bug is the lead organization in Santa Clara County for the statewide campaign. Email: info@siliconvalleydebug.org to find out time for voter phone banking and precinct walking dates.
     
  • Follow and share social media for the campaign using the #YesonProp57.
     
  • Get your community to vote for Proposition 57 in the November election.