Beverly Hill City Council unanimously opposes Prop. 57
The Beverly Hills City Council directed staff to prepare a resolution opposing Proposition 57, which allows prisoners convicted of nonviolent felonies to be eligible for parole after serving the full prison term for their primary offense.
The council unanimously opposed the proposition on the Nov. 8 ballot because of the potential impact it could have on crime in the community. The resolution is scheduled to be on the Sept. 20 council agenda.
The proposition is intended to ease overcrowding in prisons and offer leniency to inmates with a history of good behavior. It also would allow judges, rather than prosecutors, to decide whether to try certain juveniles as adults in court.
However, members of the city council are concerned that a sudden increase in the number of convicted felons at liberty in California would result in an increase in property crimes. After Proposition 47, which provided for reduced penalties and prison terms for certain less serious crimes, passed in November 2014, property crime in Beverly Hills increased dramatically.
The California District Attorneys Association is also opposed to Proposition 57.
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