Deadline Looms for Prisoners Freed Under Prop. 47

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In 2014, California’s Proposition 47 gave non-violent criminals a new lease on life, but a huge population faces a looming deadline to clean up their criminal records to more easily work and be productive.

While thousands used the law to leave prison, there are many more — including a large Orange County population — who have been free for years and could use it to have their old troubling criminal records eliminated.

Under the law, someone in prison on a non-violent, non-serious felony — often drug offenses — could seek to have it reduced to a misdemeanor. This would allow them to get out of prison and be on probation or another form of monitoring. They then could get the misdemeanor expunged from their record.

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