Potential Initiative May Appear on 2020 California Ballot Proposing Substantial Changes to the 2011 Criminal Realignment Law

Californians may see an initiative on the 2020 California Ballot entitled “Eliminates Certain 2011 Criminal Justice Measures. Initiative Statute.” This ballot initiative would seek to make changes to the criminal realignment laws that were passed in 2011.

Current law passed in 2011, transfers the management and supervision of certain felons convicted of non-serious, non-violent, and non-sexual crimes from the state government to county governments and allows these offenders to serve their sentences in county jails, as opposed to state prisons.

This proposed ballot initiative would require, after November 3, 2020, for these offenders to serve their sentences in state prison, not county jails as required by the 2011 law.

The signature deadline for the initiative is April 17, 2019. If the requisite signatures are collected, California voters will see the “Eliminates Certain 2011 Criminal Justice Measures. Initiative Statute” on the ballot as a initiative on November 3, 2020.

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