WHAT IS THE PUBLIC SAFETY & REHABILITATION ACT OF 2016?
Invests in proven public safety strategies that work.
- Authorizes parole consideration for people with non-violent convictions who complete the full sentence for their primary offense.
- Incentives people in prison to complete rehabilitation and education programs.
- Requires the Secretary of Corrections to certify that the regulations implementing these policies protect and enhance public safety.
- Requires judges rather than prosecutors to decide whether a youth as young as 14-years-old should be tried as an adult.
- Mandates a judge carefully review all of the circumstances of a youth’s crime and life before making a decision on whether that young person should be charged as an adult.
Saves taxpayer dollars by reducing wasteful spending within our correctional system.
Keeps the most dangerous offenders locked up.
WHY DOES CALIFORNIA NEED THIS INITIATIVE?
Over the last several decades, California’s jail and prison populations have exploded, and California now spends nearly 10% of its general fund on our prison system. We are simply spending too much taxpayer money locking up nonviolent offenders, when we know that rehabilitation actually keeps our communities safer.
Today, California’s prisons are under a court-ordered population cap. Without a common sense, fiscally responsible plan, the court will order the arbitrary release of prisoners. This is an unacceptable outcome that puts Californians in danger.
The Public Safety and Rehabilitation Act of 2016 stops the arbitrary prisoner release and improves public safety. Countless studies have shown that the more people are rehabilitated, the less likely they are to re-offend. By investing in strategic rehabilitation, the initiative will protect California communities and ensure the most dangerous criminals stay locked up.