California voters to decide on cash bail and increased criminal penalties

This November California voters will decide the fate of two initiatives related to crimes, Propositions 20 & 25.

Proposition 20 would increase the penalties for some crimes in the state.

BallotPedia lists the title for Proposition 20 as follows:

“Restricts Parole for Non-Violent Offenders. Authorizes Felony Sentences for Certain Offenses Currently Treated Only as Misdemeanors. Initiative Statute”

Ballot summary

The ballot summary is as follows:[9]

Limits access to parole programs established for non-violent offenders who have completed the full term of their primary offense by eliminating eligibility for certain offenses.Changes standards and requirements governing parole decisions under this program. Authorizes felony charges for specified theft crimes currently chargeable only as misdemeanors, including some theft crimes where the value is between $250 and $950.Requires persons convicted of specified misdemeanors to submit to collection of DNA samples for state database.[10]

Proposition 25 deals with the money bail system in the state.

BallotPedia lists the title for Proposition 25 as follows:

“Referendum on Law that Replaced Money Bail with System Based on Public Safety and Flight Risk”

Ballot summary

The ballot summary is as follows:[18]

A “Yes” vote approves, and a “No” vote rejects, a 2018 law that:Replaced the money bail system (for obtaining release from jail before trial) with a system based on a determination of public safety and flight risk.Limits detention of a person in jail before trial for most misdemeanors.[19]
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