Reducing Crime and Keeping California Safe Act will be on 2020 Ballot
Californians will have to wait until 2020 to vote on whether to toughen criminal penalties. The measure will would roll back criminal just reforms implemented by Prop 47, 57. The measure was intended for the 2018 ballot but failed to qualify in time. The measures’ supporters said they were disappointed and believe counties could have processed signatures faster since all of the signatures were submitted within allowed timeframes. Voters approved Proposition 47 in 2014 and Proposition 57 in 2016. The new measure would shorten the list of who can seek earlier parole and reclassify some theft crimes from misdemeanors to felonies. It would also expand the number of crimes where DNA is collected, a list that was limited when some crimes went from felonies to misdemeanors. Hopefully the measure passes in 2020 and crime is reduced.