California's Proposition 47

Find out how some past felony crimes can be reclassified as misdemeanors.

Passed by voters in November 2014 and effective immediately, Proposition 47 downgraded many drug possession and theft crimes from felonies to misdemeanors. Qualified defendants who have served their time and are off probation or parole may apply to be resentenced as misdemeanants; defendants currently serving time or on probation can also apply, and may be entitled to release.