Help Proposition 47 Benefit Our Communities
The Ella Baker Center for Human Rights is working with allies to help those who are eligible for reclassification of their felonies benefit from California's Proposition 47. Along with the Justice Reinvestment Coalition for Alameda County, we are demanding that the savings from Proposition 47 be reinvested in community resources.
In 2014, Californians passed an initiative to reclassify six low-level drug and property felonies as misdemeanors and invest the savings in mental health treatment, educational programs, and victims services. There are 1 million people in California who are eligible for relief under Prop 47.
Along with our allies, we are holding community outreach events to spread awareness about Prop 47 and help eligible individuals get their felonies reclassified. Read more about our Fair Chance to Advance event on our blog.
Demanding Reinvestment in Communities:
We are also working with organizations across California to advocate for Prop 47 savings to be reinvested in communities, instead of jails.
A February 2015 report from the state’s Legislative Analyst’s Office estimated that Prop 47 state savings from reduced imprisonment rates would range from $100 million to $200 million. However, Governor Brown’s proposed budget estimated Prop 47 savings at only $29.3 million and allocated another $250 million towards jail construction.
Through the passage of Prop 47, voters demanded that California reinvest savings from reduced state incarceration into our communities to address people’s needs, such as mental health and substance use treatment, K-12 retention, and support for survivors of crime.
The majority of funds generated from Prop 47 (65%) will be under the control of the Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC) to fund mental health treatment, substance use treatment, and diversion programs.
Do you want to get involved in demanding that Prop 47 savings go towards the resources our communities need? Contact our Organizer and Advocate Tash Nguyen to get involved: firstname.lastname@example.org.