Expanding the Electorate Transforming Lives

A PICO California website about the real impact of Prop. 47

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Prop. 47 is about transforming lives. Experience our stories below.

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We’re working hard to make sure Californians know about the ways in which Prop. 47 is changing lives and reuniting families. Please share your Prop. 47 record change story today. You can share words, photos or video. We will share select stories on our website and we may even contact you for opportunities to share your story with media or events that we host/co-host. You can upload your video to YouTube and send us the link or send us your story and photos in the Contact section.

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About Prop. 47

On November 4, 2014, California voters passed Proposition 47, the Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act, a groundbreaking initiative that goes further than any ballot initiative in history to reverse the damage caused by over-incarceration in the largest state in the nation. The measure will undo some of the worst excesses of the war on drugs (and its severely disproportionate impact on communities of color) by changing some of the most common nonviolent felonies/wobblers into simple misdemeanors, meaning these offenses would no longer result in a prison sentence. Thousands of people now behind bars will be eligible for release and thousands fewer will be incarcerated annually.

 

40,000

Each year, more than 40,000 people will maintain access to jobs, housing, voting, benefits, and other opportunities by being sentenced to a misdemeanor, rather than a felony.

3,000

At least 3,000 fewer people will be sent to prison each year for low-level crimes, including drug possession and petty theft.

4,900

Almost 4,900 parents can apply for early release or to serve their sentences in a county jail close to home, reuniting them with more than 10,000 children.

9,000

More than 9,000 people now in prison for felonies for low-level crimes will be able to apply for a reduced sentence and release.

$400-$600 Million a Year

County corrections spending will decrease by $400-$600 million a year.

$200-$300 Million a Year

$200-$300 million a year will shift from prison spending to mental health and substance abuse programs, victim services, truancy and dropout prevention, and to support students who are victims of crime.

Hundreds of Thousands

Hundreds of thousands of men and women will have their prior felony records cleared.

 

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The origins of Prop. 47

California made history on November 4, 2014, when 59.6 percent of the electorate voted Yes on Proposition 47, the Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act. The initiative, the first of its kind in the nation, reclassifies six nonviolent felonies as misdemeanors and represents an important step forward in our work to dismantle mass incarceration in our state and country.

Through the PICO Action Fund, PICO California’s 19 local community-organizing groups played a pivotal role in the passage of Proposition 47. Working in partnership with Californians for Safe Neighborhoods and Schools and the California Calls Action Fund, we built a powerful grassroots civic engagement program focused on new and infrequent voters, primarily of color, who exercised their voting power to pass this historic measure.

This video highlights our Prop. 47 birth story.

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Some Facts

PICO California leaders, clergy and staff from Del Norte to San Diego played a pivotal role in the passage of Prop. 47. This is how we got here.

12

Paid Phone Banks 

30

Op-Ed and Earn Media Stories

1500

Clergy Preached on Prop. 47 

22000

Volunteer Hours 

40

Events Hosted by PICO California Federations Since Passing Prop. 47 

10000

Attendees at Federation Events Across the State Since Passing Prop. 47

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These are the organizations helping to make Prop. 47 a reality!

Berkeley Organizing Congregations for Action
Contra Costa Interfaith Supporting Community Organization
Oakland Community Organizations
People Acting in Community Together – San Jose
San Francisco Organizing Project/Peninsula Interfaith Action
 
True North – Del Norte/Humboldt Counties & Tribal Land
Congregations Building Community – Modesto
Faith in Community – Fresno
Merced Organizing Project
People and Congregations Together of San Joaquin County
 
Placer People of Faith Together
Sacramento Area Congregations Together
Inland Congregations United for Change
LA Voice
Orange County Congregation Community Organization
 
 
San Diego Organizing Project
Communities Organized for Renewal
Greater Long Beach Interfaith Community Organization
Faith in Action Kern County
The California Endowment
Californians for Safety and Justice
 
AmeriCorps VISTA
California Catholic Conference
The California Wellness Foundation
Rosenberg Foundation
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We're working hard to make sure Californians know about the ways in which Prop. 47 is changing lives and reuniting families. Please share your Prop. 47 record change story today. You can share words, photos or videos. We will share select stories on our website and we may even contact you for opportunities to share your story with media or events that we host or co-host.