The new law will make it easier for those with certain charges to rejoin society and save the state millions of dollars (not to mention jail space) in maintaining so many inmates. A 2012 Economist report stated that the U.S. was home to a quarter of the world’s prisoners. Some county jails have already released inmates since then.
It’s important that any affected person, whether in custody or out, move to have their record cleaned up following Prop. 47. If you’re in custody serving a sentence, this may be your key to the jail house door. Even if your conviction is old, removing a felony from your record can have a dramatic impact on your ability to obtain employment and other services.