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Prop 47 Turns Drug Felonies Into Misdemeanors

With Proposition 47, California voters lessened the penalties for drug possession charges and theft-related charges, prompting different reactions from law enforcement and drug treatment experts.

It was a traffic stop like 1,000 others conducted by Sheriff’s Department deputies across Los Angeles County every day. Don’t miss a thing. Get breaking Santa Clarita news alerts delivered right to your inbox. A 26-year-old Canyon Country woman was pulled  over Wednesday for a vehicle code violation. And then the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station deputy noticed the strong smell of marijuana. ...

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CORRECTION: Report Suggests AB 109 Lowers Recidivism, L.A. Expected To OK Funds

CORRECTION: Report Suggests AB 109 Lowers Recidivism, L.A. Expected To OK Funds

Los Angeles County supervisors Tuesday are expected to approve a reimbursement of about $337.7 million to pay for AB 109 programs, a controversial jail-prison realignment program. While Supervisor Michael Antonovich has been a vocal opponent of the state’s public safety realignment program, which was aimed at reducing the number of non-serious, non-violent and non-sexual offenders in state prisons due to a Supreme Court order, officials claim early data shows promise. "Realignment continues to pose serious concerns and threatens public safety statewide because we are dealing with repeat offenders,” Antonovich said last week, when the law’s implementation was reviewed. “There are over 32,000 arrests involving the 24,000 (post-supervision probationers) under probation supervision because some are being arrested up to seven or eight times."

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