Proposition 47 Passes, Reducing Penalties for Some Drug and Theft Crimes

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Cells within the Men's Central Jail in Los Angeles. (Credit: Los Angeles Times)

Proposition 47, to reduce sentences for some crimes, passes, AP reports.

Penalties for common drug and theft crimes in California will be reduced from potential felonies to misdemeanors, shortening the time some offenders spend behind bars.

Crimes covered by the measure include drug possession and the following offenses when less than $950 is involved: shoplifting, check and credit fraud, forgery, theft and possession of stolen goods.

As with other misdemeanors, the new maximum sentence will be one year in jail, down from a maximum of three years. Those with histories of violence or sex offenses will be ineligible for the lighter sentences.

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