Drugs, Gangs and Public Money
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California voters haven't received their ballot pamphlets yet, but it's not too soon to talk about 12 measures on issues ranging from high-speed rail to abortion to the treatment of farm animals. We take our first look at Propositions 5 and 6, which deal with the criminal justice system.
Proposition 5 on the November ballot, which deals with the criminal justice system, would allocate $460 million a year to improve and expand treatment programs for drug crimes and other offenses. The nonpartisan Legislative Analyst says it would also save a one-time expenditure of $2.5 billion. Proponents call it the "Nonviolent Offender Rehabilitation Act." Opponents call it the "Drug Dealers' Bill of Rights."
Proposition 6 would allocate $965 million a year for law enforcement statewide, create many new crimes and increase penalties, many focused on gangs. Though it would not raise taxes, the non-partisan Legislative Analyst says the additional cost could include $500 million for increased prison construction.
- Steve Cooley: Los Angeles County District Attorney
- Margaret Dooley-Sammuli: Deputy campaign manager of Yes on 5, Deputy State director in Southern California for the Drug Policy Alliance
- Stephen Frank: Former President of the California Republican Assembly; Publisher, California Political News and Views
- Glenn Backes: Policy consultant to the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights
Which Way L.A.? is made possible in part by the Ralph M. Parsons Foundation, the Nathan Cummings Foundation, and the John Randolph Haynes and Dora Haynes Foundation, which supports study and research into policy issues of the Los Angeles region.
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