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Criminal Justice System. Victims' Rights. Parole. Constitutional Amendment and Statute.

California Ballot Measure - Proposition 9

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



* Requires notification to victim and opportunity for input during phases of criminal justice process, including bail, pleas, sentencing and parole.
* Establishes victim safety as consideration in determining bail or release on parole.
* Increases the number of people permitted to attend and testify on behalf of victims at parole hearings.
* Reduces the number of parole hearings to which prisoners are entitled.
* Requires that victims receive written notification of their constitutional rights.
* Establishes timelines and procedures concerning parole revocation hearings.

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

* Potential loss of future state savings on prison operations and potential increased county jail operating costs that could collectively amount to hundreds of millions of dollars annually, due to restricting the early release of inmates to reduce facility overcrowding.
* Net savings in the low tens of millions of dollars annually for the administration of parole hearings and revocations, unless the changes in parole revocation procedures were found to conflict with federal legal requirements.

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