The Facts

Prop 20 is a Prison Spending Scam

Proposition 20 is a SCAM funded by special interests that want to spend tens of millions of your taxpayer dollars on prisons while rolling back effective criminal justice reforms overwhelmingly supported by California voters.


The non-partisan Legislative Analyst says Prop 20 will cost, “tens of millions of dollars” every year which could force DRACONIAN CUTS:

CUTS rehabilitation in prison for people getting out
CUTS mental health programs proven to reduce repeat crime
CUTS schools, healthcare, housing, and homelessness programs
CUTS fire protection and public safety programs
CUTS support for victims



Prop 20 means petty theft – stealing a bike – could be charged as a serious felony. That’s extreme, OUT OF LINE with other states, and means more teenagers and people of color could be locked up for years for low-level, non-violent crimes.



Californians are demanding change to the criminal justice system and have overwhelmingly voted to reduce wasteful prison spending. Prop 20 REVERSES that progress. Rehabilitating people before prison release is the most effective way to improve public safety. Prop 20 could eliminate funding for what we know works, and waste money on more prisons we don’t need.



Chief Probation Officers of California California Partnership to End Domestic Violence The National Center for Victims of Crime The California Democratic Party ACLU of California Public Safety Leaders Governor Gavin Newsom Governor Jerry Brown Crime Survivors for Safety and Justice SEIU California California Teachers Association Californians for Safety and Justice The League of Women Voters of California


  • "Prop 20 backers are wrong. People who commit violent crimes receive severe and lengthy sentences, often life in prison."

    Diana Becton

    Contra Costa County District Attorney
  • "Crime victims and law enforcement leaders oppose Prop 20 because it wastes tens of millions of taxpayer dollars on prisons while cutting the rehabilitation programs we know work — that makes us all less safe."

    William Landsdowne (ret)

    San Diego Police Chief
  • "While overspending on prisons, Prop 20 will cause draconian cuts to mental health programs and support available to help victims of crime recover from trauma."

    Tinisch Hollins

    Crime Survivors for Safety and Justice


Contact Us

Paid for by No on Prop. 20, Californians Against the Prison Spending Scam
Committee Major funding from

Chan Zuckerberg Initiative
Patricia Quillin
Open Society Policy Center

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