"Tonight's vote on Proposition 36 sends a powerful message to policymakers in California and across the country that taxpayers are ready for a new direction in criminal justice,'' said Adam Gelb, director of the Pew Center on the States' Public Safety Performance Project. "States that have already made some changes to their sentencing laws may be inspired to take a second look, and states that haven't made significant changes yet may start. - San Jose Mercury News
Proposition 36, placed on the ballot in hopes of reducing prison overcrowding and preventing what proponents view as unfair sentences for minor crimes, has passed, according to the Associated Press.
The US locks up more people than any other country in the world, spending over $80 billion each year to keep some two million prisoners behind bars.