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The Public Safety and Rehabilitation Act of 2016
Proposition 57

This California ballot measure adopted in 2016 will enhance public safety and help California replace its costly over reliance on bloated prisons with smart justice strategies focused on rehabilitation.

Proposition 57: Ends Prosecutors’ ability to charge youth as adults without a transfer hearing; Allows parole consideration for people incarcerated for nonviolent convictions; Provides incentives for incarcerated people to complete rehabilitative programs; and requires the California Department of Corrections to establish regulations certified to promote public safety.

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