Save Money and Increase Public Safety
To Governor Brown, Senate President Steinberg and Assembly Speaker Perez:
As you work to solve the long-term budget deficit, please make sentencing reform a top priority. Sentencing reform will help balance the budget, balance our priorities, and balance the scales of justice.
Two simple sentencing reforms would save California taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars annually:
- Make possession of small amounts of drugs a misdemeanor instead of a felony.
- Make low-level, non-violent property offenses misdemeanors instead of felonies.
These two reforms fit with your realignment plan by keeping state prison for violent and serious offenses. But they provide additional benefits – lowering court costs, shortening sentences and saving both state and local dollars that can be used for public safety, drug treatment, social services and public schools and universities.
You have the power to bring back balance to the State of California.