By Yara Del Rio-Dominguez |Staff Writer| California residents have the option of voting on Proposition 47 to scale back several felonies to lower level misdemeanors in order to reduce the penalties for committed crimes. Proposition 47 will modify the classification of non-serious and nonviolent, property, and drug crimes. Only those who have been convicted of a non-serious, nonviolent crime will qualify for the changes implemented by Proposition 47, according to ballotpedia.org. “I think this is an issue and people should not go to jail for committing little crimes,” said student Ashley Sandoval. This comes to a surprise because California residents voted for the Three Strikes law … [Read more...] about Proposition 47: Felonies to misdemeanors
By, Rhonda Powell |Staff Writer| In an act to reduce California’s high crime rate, residents unanimously voted in favor of the three-strikes law in 1994, sentencing repeat felon offenders to life in a state prison. If Proposition 36 passes however, this will be rule be reshaped. According to ballotpedia.org, Proposition 36, “Maintains life sentence penalty for felons with non-serious, non-violent third strike if prior convictions were for rape, murder, or child molestation.” The initiative proposes alterations to the three-strikes law only when new felony convictions are serious or dangerous. It allows offenders that are currently incarcerated, who had a non-violent third strikes a second … [Read more...] about Three strikes and your out. Or are you?