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Prop. 36 Has Cut Prison Costs, Populations
Voters approved Proposition 36 in November 2000 to reduce the incarceration of nonviolent drug offenders. This measure has had all of the predicted effects, and more, on the state prison system since it became effective.
Basic Facts
The Substance Abuse and Crime Prevention Act is being sponsored by the California Campaign for New Drug Policies. The purpose of this initiative is to enhance public safety by reducing drug-related crime and preserving jail and prison space for violent offenders.
The California Correctional System
According to the State Legislative Analyst's Office, the Substance Abuse and Crime Prevention Act will divert approximately 25,000 non-violent drug possession offenders per year into drug treatment instead of prison.
Drug Courts/Deferred Entry
The Substance Abuse and Crime Prevention Act is a diversion program for non-violent drug offenders who would be better served by treatment than incarceration.
The Judicial System
Judges will play an important role in the successful implementation of the Substance Abuse and Crime Prevention Act.
Local Law Enforcement
The Substance Abuse and Crime Prevention Act will positively impact rank-and-file law enforcement by reducing the number of non-violent drug offenders rotating through the revolving door of arrest and release.
Minority Communities
The ravages of drug addiction and heavy-handed drug enforcement policies have hit minority communities the hardest.
Parole Services
This Act will divert many parolees who commit non-violent, drug-related violations into supervised treatment programs instead of returning them to prison.
Probation Services
This Act will appropriate $120 million annually to divert non-violent drug possession offenders to supervised probation and drug treatment.
Public Safety / Crime Reduction
A number of studies have shown that drug treatment reduces drug abuse, drug dealing and criminal activity, and, as a result, improves public safety.
California Taxpayers
The measure would save state and county governments approximately $1.5 billion over the next five years.
Effectiveness of Drug Treatment
Research shows that treatment improves drug users' health, reduces criminal activity, and saves precious tax dollars.
Treatment Providers
The Substance Abuse and Crime Prevention Act will greatly expand resources for drug treatment in California.

See also: Prop 36 In the News

Common Sense for Drug Policy
California Society of Addiction Medicine
California State Association of Counties

Read commentary from Oliver H., a Prop 36 graduate.

Get the Facts
Over a dozen Proposition 36 fact sheets are available for download. Topics include: the Effectiveness of Drug Treatment, Drug Courts/Deferred Entry, and the California Correctional System.
breakdowns of the 2000 initiative votes
For background on the Prop. 36 campaign and other votes nationwide for drug policy reform, see:

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