Last week, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law AB 2765 extending application deadline for Proposition 47 sentence reductions to 2022. Prop 47 reduces the penalty for low-level drug possession and five petty-theft related crimes from a felony to a misdemeanor. The misdemeanor category means people are freed from nearly 5,000 restrictions that come with a felony conviction in these areas. The restrictions have made it difficult for formerly incarcerated people to secure jobs, housing, student loans and other opportunities for economic security and family stability.
Extending the application deadline for another five years ensures that everyone who qualifies takes advantage of this historic opportunity for second chances.
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