Measure on California’s 2020 Ballot Addressing Criminal Sentencing, Parole, and DNA Collection

On July 9, 2018, Secretary of State Alex Padilla reported that enough signatures had been submitted to put the measure entitled, “Restricts Parole for Non-Violent Offenders. Authorizes Felony Sentences for Certain Offenses Currently Treated as Misdemeanors. Initiative Statute” on California’s 2020 ballot.

This measure seeks to make multiple changes to existing criminal laws that were passed in California between 2011 and 2016, especially laws pertaining to AB-109, Proposition 47 and Proposition 57.

For example, this measure seeks to reform the law to re-define certain crimes as “violent felonies” to prevent early release of prisoners as a result of Proposition 57.

This measure also seeks to restore felony charges for specified theft crimes that have been reclassified and chargeable only as misdemeanors pursuant to Proposition 47. This measure will seek to “restore” DNA collection for certain theft and drug crimes.

California voters will now see the “Restricts Parole for Non-Violent Offenders. Authorizes Felony Sentences for Certain Offenses Currently Treated as Misdemeanors. Initiative Statute” on the ballot as a measure on November 3, 2020.

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