California's Prop. 47 Sentencing Reform Law Gets Mixed Reviews One Year In

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Last year California voters passed Proposition 47, which downgraded drug possession and five other non-violent crimes from felonies to misdemeanors. A new study finds that since the law went into effect about 13,000 fewer people have been incarcerated in California, saving the state more than $150 million. But critics in law enforcement say Prop. 47 took away their "felony hammer" to drive drug users into treatment and blame the law for a crime spike in some cities. Forum looks at Proposition 47, one year in.


George Gascon, district attorney, City and County of San Francisco; former chief of police of the San Francisco Police Department

Steve Wagstaffe, district attorney, San Mateo County

Michael Romano, director of the Three Strikes Project, Stanford Law School; principal author of the Proposition 47 Progress Report: Year One Implementation