After nearly two-years of a grueling presidential election, much of which most Americans are probably ready to put far behind them with the announcement of a new President-elect, it is time to look to the future and attempt to reunite as both a state and a nation. If you voted in California yesterday, then it is likely that you voted on legislation that will affect several things throughout the state.
For a number of Americans, state proposals appeared even more important than the presidency, as they may have greater impact on one’s future. We feel that it’s important we take stock in some of the California propositions that we have discussed in the past months, with regard to how the state voted and what it means going forward.
Proposition 57 (APPROVED) – The California Parole for Non-Violent Criminals and Juvenile Court Trial Requirements Initiative: would expand parole and good behavior opportunities for felons convicted of nonviolent crimes. The bill also puts the power of “direct file” (charging minors as adults) in the hands of judges rather than prosecutors.
Proposition 62 (NOT-APPROVED)- The Repeal of the Death Penalty Initiative: would make life without the possibility of parole the maximum punishment for murder.
Proposition 64 (APPROVED) – The California Marijuana Legalization Initiative; would legalize recreational marijuana use for persons aged 21 years or older under state law.
Proposition 66 (APPROVED) – The Death Penalty Procedures Initiative: would change the procedures governing state court appeals and petitions that challenge death penalty convictions and sentences.
With 56 percent of Californians who voted “yes” on marijuana legalization, it could be a sign of things to come in the United States. Many believe that it is huge step to repealing federal marijuana prohibition, resulting in dramatic drop in the American prison population. On another note, 64 percent of the state voted in favor of Prop 57, a bill that will surely impact young minorities throughout the state who have been disproportionately affected by “direct file.”
Ronald G. Brower is a criminal defense attorney in Southern California. Based out of Orange County, Attorney Brower has represented individuals charged with crimes in state and federal court.
Contact the Law Office of Ronald G. Brower online or by telephone at 714-997-4400.