Prop. 47 downgrades penalties, has some locals concerned

Misty Volaski, Ojai Valley News editor
In California, the new magic number is 950. With the recent passage of Proposition 47, $950 is the state's new threshold for determining whether several crimes are classified as misdemeanors or felonies — and whether suspects are arrested on the spot or simply cited and released.
Proponents of California’s newly passed Prop. 47 say it’ll save money, lower prison populations and make schools and neighborhoods safer. Others — like representatives at the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department (VCFD) and some local business owners — worry about the consequences.

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