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Prop 20 Fails: Voters Reject Effort To Roll Back Criminal Justice Reforms

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California voters overwhelming rejected Proposition 20, which would have rolled back some of the criminal justice reforms of recent years, according to the Associated Press.

The measure would have undone parts of Propositions 47 and 57. Prop 47, passed in 2014, changed a number of non-violent minor crimes from felonies to misdemeanors.

Proposition 57, passed in 2016, allows more felons to gain early parole for good behavior and other actions.

Those reforms will now stay in place.

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Prop 20's supporters said it was needed because under Prop 47, domestic abusers, child traffickers and those who have drugged and raped people are categorized as "non-violent" offenders and are technically eligible for early parole. They also claimed the measure led to an increase in larceny and car thefts.

Opponents said historic crime rates remain low, recidivism fell due to Prop 47 and property crimes declined in 2019.


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