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Prop. 57 centrally addresses California criminal justice reform

Did it pass?

We can't be sure, given the writing of this post shortly before the results will be in on November 8 regarding the collective determination of California voters concerning so-called Proposition 57.

That ballot measure has been a prominent discussion topic across the state for some time, with Gov. Jerry Brown being an ardent supporter. His reformist inclination is not a universal sentiment, though, with the Los Angeles Times noting recently that he "has fought bitterly with district attorneys across California" who vehemently oppose passage of Prop. 57.

Here's the bottom line on what that centrally is: If passed, Prop. 57 will (as noted by the Times) "allow more prisoners a chance at parole and give additional authority to prison officials to award good-behavior credits."

The measure is intended to apply only to nonviolent offenders, its rationale being that far too many people are inappropriately spending unduly lengthy time periods behind bars. Many prosecutors align around the viewpoint that "nonviolent" is a subjective term, and that a Prop. 57 passage will result in dangerous people being put back on the streets.

That doesn't seem to be the view of most Californians leading up to the voting day. One recent poll shows that a clear majority of state residents favor passage, with that sentiment being especially clear among relatively younger voters.

Prop. 57 additionally includes language that would affect select juvenile offenders who are currently incarcerated after being tried as adults in criminal proceedings. The Times notes that there seems to be a strong consensus -- even among prosecutors who once thought otherwise -- that teen defendants "should remain in the juvenile justice system."

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