California Crime Measure Triggers 52,000 Fewer Arrests
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Experts say a 2014 California voter-approved initiative that reduced penalties for certain drug and property crimes has led to the lowest arrest rate in state history as police frequently ignore those illegal activities. Proposition 47 lowered criminal sentences by reducing them from felonies that can bring long prison sentences to misdemeanors that instead bring up to a year in jail.