Finally, something I voted for actually won.
You just made history. Voters passed Proposition 47 and California is now the first state to end felony sentencing for simple drug possession.
YOU made this incredible victory possible. Thank you for helping us cross the finish line!
California’s new law will change sentencing from felonies to misdemeanors for six low-level, nonviolent crimes such as simple drug possession and petty theft. This will reduce the number of people spending time in prison who don’t need to be there for any reason of justice or public safety. It goes into effect immediately, at 12:01 am on November 5.
Passage of Proposition 47 is a significant step toward ending mass incarceration and the war on drugs. It has the potential to drastically reduce the number of people in state prisons and county jails and it will dedicate the savings — likely more than $1 billion over five years — to schools, victim services, and mental health and drug addiction treatment. The impact of Prop. 47 in California on wasteful corrections spending and individual lives will be profound and surely resonate across the country.
DPA’s lobbying arm, Drug Policy Action, backed this initiative with assistance on the drafting, as well as financial and other support for the campaign.
You should feel proud of your role in this victory. Proposition 47 is a significant step forward for California that could boost efforts in other states to follow our lead. And we’re looking forward to 2016, when there will be even more drug policy reform measures on the ballot in California and across the country.
Our victory is a shift from punitive drug war policies in favor of humane alternatives. We’re excited to work with you to achieve even more. Congratulations, and thank you for making this win possible!
State Director, California
Drug Policy Alliance