Across the country inequities in our justice system further disadvantage low-wage workers, particularly people of color. Even for the most minor infractions, fees, fines and unpaid bail can result in long jail stays without judicial recourse, exacerbated by the loss of income and employment. Reentry into the job market after a jail or prison term is challenging under the best circumstances. EARN partners document how criminal justice dysfunction undermines the prospects of thousands and suggest policies that can open pathway improvements in the economic prospects—and therefore the long-term economic stability—of formerly incarcerated people and their families.
Proposition 57: Should Voters Provide State Officials With New Flexibility to Reduce the Prison Population?
- October 1, 2016
- California Budget & Policy Center
- Scott Graves
Proposition 57, which will appear on the November 8, 2016 statewide ballot, would amend the California Constitution to give state officials new policy options for reducing incarceration. The measure also would amend state law to require youth to have a hearing in juvenile court before they could be transferred to adult court. This Issue Brief provides an overview of this ballot measure as well as its potential impact on the state correctional system and the state budget. The California Budget & Policy Center neither supports nor opposes Prop. 57.