Prop. 47 Matters to Crime Victims - Women's Foundation California
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As a criminal justice researcher, the debate over Proposition 47 is of great interest to me professionally. As a crime survivor, it’s also deeply personal.

Prop. 47, the Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act, would be historic in its reclassification of six petty drug and theft crimes from felonies to misdemeanors, paving the way for alternatives to incarceration. The savings from reduced incarceration (estimated to be hundreds of millions of dollars annually) would then be invested into mental health and drug treatment, K-12 programs and victims’ services.

Most of the public debate has centered on the six specific crimes and the appropriate response to those who commit them. This narrow line of discussion – driven by our failed mass incarceration experiment and the historically under-inclusive nature of the public safety debate – overlooks the perspective of a key stakeholder: crime victims.

Read the full article. Originally published on Huffington Post on November 2, 2014.

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