AND TREATMENT PROGRAM.
|Ballot Measure Summary|
AND TREATMENT PROGRAM. INITIATIVE STATUTE.
Put on the Ballot by Petition Signatures. SUMMARY
Requires probation and drug treatment, not incarceration, for possession, use, transportation of controlled substances and similar parole violations, except sale or manufacture. Authorizes dismissal of charges after completion of treatment. Fiscal Impact: Net annual savings of $100 million to $150 million to the state and about $40 million to local governments. Potential avoidance of one-time capital outlay costs to the state of $450 million to $550 million. WHAT YOUR VOTE MEANS YES
A YES vote on this measure means: Adult offenders convicted of being under the influence of illegal drugs or using, transporting, or pos-sessing illegal drugs for personal use would generally be sentenced to probation and drug treatment. NO
A NO vote on this measure means: Adult offenders convicted of being under the influence of illegal drugs or using, transporting, or pos-sessing illegal drugs would generally continue to be sentenced to prison, jail, or probation. There would be no requirement that they be sentenced to drug treatment. ARGUMENTS PRO
The war on drugs has failed. Nonviolent drug users are overcrowding our jails. Violent criminals are being released early. Drug treatment programs are rarely available. We pay $25,000 annually for prisoners when treatment costs only $4,000. Expanded treatment programs will reduce crime, save lives, and save taxpayers hundreds of millions. CON
Proposition 36 prohibits jail for persons convicted of using heroin, crack, PCP and other illegal drugs, or for possessing “date rape” drugs—even those with prior convictions for rape, child molesting and other violent crimes. Proposition 36 has no regulatory safeguards, cripples legitimate treatment, invites fraud and endangers public safety. FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION FOR
California Campaign for New Drug Policies
Californians United Against Drug
Abuse/Sponsored by Law Enforce-ment,
Drug Treatment Profes-sionals,
Healthcare, Crime Victims
and Taxpayers—No on 36.
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