PSWR's 2014 Regional Assembly unanimously approved to endorse California's Proposition 47 which the voters passed on November 4.

This ends felony sentencing for non-violent crimes such as drug possession and theft, which are now misdemeanors. This historic move provides greater employment opportunities and restores civil rights such as voting and jury service to persons convicted of these crimes. It also releases state funding to be moved from state corrections to vital budget areas such as education.

It is important to note that those who have been convicted of the crimes affected by Prop 47, must file a petition to the court to have the crime reduced from a felony to a misdemeanor. Rev. Nora Jacob helps us to respond as Christ's Church to this movement. 

AuthorAlisa Mittelstaedt