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California Ballot Measure - Proposition 6

Election: General Nov. 4, 2008 (General)
Outcome: Failed

Budget, Spending and Taxes
Government Operations


* Requires minimum of $965,000,000 each year to be allocated from state General Fund for police, sheriffs, district attorneys, adult probation, jails and juvenile probation facilities. Some of this funding will increase in following years according to California Consumer Price Index.
* Makes approximately 30 revisions to California criminal law, many of which cover gang-related offenses. Revisions create multiple new crimes and additional penalties, some with the potential for new life sentences.
* Increases penalties for violating a gang-related injunction and for felons carrying guns under certain conditions.

Summary of Legislative Analyst’s Estimate of Net State and Local Government Fiscal Impact:

* Net increase in state costs that are likely within a few years to exceed $500 million annually, primarily due to increasing state spending for various criminal justice programs to at least $965 million, as well as for increased costs for prison and parole operations. These costs would increase by tens of millions of dollars annually in subsequent years.
* Potential one-time state capital outlay costs for prison facilities that could exceed $500 million due to increases in the prison population.

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