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SAN DIEGO, CA  – OCTOBER 5:
homeless outreach workers with the Alpha Project pass by homeless folks on the street on Monday, October 5, 2015, in San Diego, CA.  Leniency on non-violent crimes have alleviated the issue of overcrowded jails and prisons, but the unintended consequences have been that repeated offenders are draining the resources of law enforcement systems.
(Photo by Jahi Chikwendiu/The Washington Post) They gathered outside the courthouse in November

Posted By : rklawcorp | Date : 10-16-2015

With the passage of Proposition 47, certain low-level, non violent felonies can now be changed to misdemeanors on old criminal records. If you or someone you know has a prior criminal record with a felony record for any of the following crimes, you may qualify to remove the felony from your record and change it to a misdemeanor:
Simple drug possession; Petty theft under 950 dollars; Shoplifting under 950 dollars; Forging or writing a bad check under 950 dollars; Receipt of stolen property under 950 dollars.
State prison cost savings from the changes are supposed to be invested in grants for drug treatment and mental health services for people in the criminal justice system, programs for at-risk students in k-12 schools, and victim services. However, not everybody is happy about the changes.

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