Wednesday, March 2, 2016

L.A. City Council Calls For Maximum Prop 47 Funding

The L.A. City Council is urging state lawmakers to make good on promises to give local communities the state's savings from letting low-level non-violent offenders out of prison. With a 14-to-0 vote, the council called on Sacramento lawmakers to start making good on the local funding promised by Prop 47, the voter-approved initiative from 2014 that reduced penalties for many drug crimes and other less serious offenses. The Proposition allowed re-sentencing and early release for many prisoners. Los Angeles city and community leaders say the funding is needed for jail alternatives. Pacifica's Dan Fritz reports from Los Angeles.