California Is Broke – You Still Have the Right to Avoid Prison
Submission Date: February 17, 2011
Attributing Author: Margaret Dooley-Sammuli
Prop. 36 has helped reduce the number of people incarcerated for personal drug possession by 40%.
Santa Cruz just became the latest county to announce it would “end” CA’s Proposition 36 treatment-instead-of-incarceration program for low-level drug offenses because of a lack of funding. This terminology is confusing and misleading – even for those who should know better.
Proposition 36, the Substance Abuse and Crime Prevention Act, was approved by 61% of California voters in 2000 – and it can only be undone by the voters. That is, it doesn’t “end” simply because the state and county aren’t funding alcohol and drug treatment.