Four Years Later, Has Proposition 47 Raised Crime Levels in the State?


A state measure that reduced penalties for some property and drug crimes isn’t leading to a rise in violent crime. Magnus Lofstrom with the Public Policy Institute of California said they looked into what kind of an impact Proposition 47 had on crime.



Proposition 47 was passed by voters in 2014 in an effort to reduce incarceration. While there has been an uptick in the violent crime rate between 2014 and 2016, the trend had started before November 2014 and was due largely to unrelated changes in crime reporting. Through the end of 2016, prison and jail populations across the state has dropped by more than 15-thousand inmates. The incarceration rate is also at levels not seen in California since the early 1990s.