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KQED: Proposition 47 Criminal Justice Reform Projected to Save State Over $122 Million

“Five years after California voters embraced a ballot measure aimed at sending fewer people to prison and investing more in victims services, schools and treatment programs, Proposition 47 is projected to save a record $122.5 million next fiscal year by keeping 4,569 inmates out of state prisons.”

“The decrease in inmates, and commensurate savings, has allowed California to end its contracts with private, out-of-state prisons, while reducing a prison population that was at crisis levels a decade ago…”

“The measure has also allowed some Californians to turn their lives around.”


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