One year ago in November, Proposition 47 passed in California and changed the classifications of six felonies, including certain crimes of drug possessions, to misdemeanors. This provided several positive opportunities for low level, nonviolent drug offenders. Convicts who were clean for years could get their records changed and finally escape the stigma of being a felon. Thousands in prison had their sentences reduced and were released from jail. However, the law has had an unintended consequence of removing the incentive for offenders to enter certain drug treatment programs. While thousands were released, the funding that will be provided for treatment programs is a year away from being disbursed. But is the problem with the law, or with the implementation? Is the lack of utilization of treatment options still worth an end to mass incarceration of low level, nonviolent drug offenders? Explore Addiction to decide for yourself.
Explore an interactive map of Los Angeles County to place where the largest stakeholders in the debate are. From Pasadena to San Pedro, experts, critics, and beneficiaries weighed in on California's grand experiment.
Hear the voices of advocates of Proposition 47 from Community Coalition's one year celebration of Proposition 47's passage. The mood in the room was cautiously optimistic; they found joy in victory, but knew that much work remains to be done. Experts, community leaders, local residents, and students all weighed in.
Simulate a drug arrest before and after Proposition 47's passage. What does the law's impact actually look like for the criminal justice experience of individual offenders? See the differences for yourself.
Get the full story about Proposition 47's impact on drug treatment programs and the criminal justice system. Lawyers, recovering drug addicts, experts, and treatment professionals explained how they see the law's successes and failures a year later. Then, find out what solutions to gaps in the law are in the works.