In 2014, California voters passed this ballot initiative that reduces certain drug possessions that would be typically felonies into misdemeanors. The proposition also makes it a requirement for individuals who are sentenced for petty theft, receiving stolen property, and forging or writing bad checks that involved $950 or less to be classified as misdemeanors instead of felonies. People who were serving under these crimes already as felonies could petition the court for resentencing.
With the change of this initiative, the law has now ignited the counties and cities with the responsibilities of supervising and rehabilitating a multitude of offenders who would have normally been supervised by state prison system and formal probation. This has caused an influx in misdemeanor calendars in courts throughout the state of California. Programs have been utilized in supervising offender’s sobriety while providing services to rehabilitate them for the courts through informal probation. California Alternatives and SCRAM of California have both partnered with counties and cities throughout California to provide rehabilitation and supervision regarding this proposition.