Californians Take Advantage Proposition 47

December 11, 2015

 

 

United States, the largest and most influential economy in the world, has a record that few countries envy: It houses the largest prison population in the world, equivalent to more than 2.2 million people, a large number of whom were imprisoned for offenses related to drug use.

 

Fortunately, the state of California, which historically has been a laboratory for cutting-edge ideas, gave decisive to help resolve an issue where Hispanics have one disproportionate impact steps, through the passage of Proposition 47, which was supported by social organizations as wide range, including the National Council of La Raza (NCLR).

 

Latinos, for example, suffer more likely to be arrested, detained and convicted to longer prison sentences than whites, African Americans or Asian although often face similar charges.

 

Proposition 47 specifically reduces dozen felonies to misdemeanors: shoplifting, grand theft, acceptance of stolen property, forgery, fraud and pay with a check. In either case, the stolen amount may exceed $ 950. It also covers the personal use of illegal drugs.

 

It is estimated that over one million Californians could benefit, including those who have already been convicted as they can now reduce his sentence by Proposition. For undocumented immigrants or permanent residents there is the additional benefit of reducing charges that can help them avoid deportation.

 

For more information or to read this article in Spanish visit www.nclr.org Californians Take Advantage Proposition 47United States, the largest and most influential economy in the world, has a record that few countries envy: It houses the largest prison population in the world, equivalent to more than 2.2 million people, a large number of whom were imprisoned for offenses related to drug use. Fortunately, the state of California, which historically has been a laboratory for cutting-edge ideas, gave decisive to help resolve an issue where Hispanics have one disproportionate impact steps, through the passage of Proposition 47, which was supported by social organizations as wide range, including the National Council of La Raza (NCLR). Latinos, for example, suffer more likely to be arrested, detained and convicted to longer prison sentences than whites, African Americans or Asian although often face similar charges.

 

Proposition 47 specifically reduces dozen felonies to misdemeanors: shoplifting, grand theft, acceptance of stolen property, forgery, fraud and pay with a check. In either case, the stolen amount may exceed $ 950. It also covers the personal use of illegal drugs. It is estimated that over one million Californians could benefit, including those who have already been convicted as they can now reduce his sentence by Proposition. For undocumented immigrants or permanent residents there is the additional benefit of reducing charges that can help them avoid deportation.

 

For more information nclr.org or to read this article in Spanish visit La Red Hispana

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