You Decide in 60 Seconds: Prop 17

Posted at 3:57 PM, Oct 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-13 19:59:55-04

Let's take a look at Proposition 17, which -- if approved -- would allow people on parole for felony convictions to register to vote. It would also allow those felons who were not convicted of perjury or bribery, to run for elective offices.

Currently, in California, felons have to finish their prison time and their parole sentence before being allowed to vote.

Supporters argue that allowing those people to vote who are released from prison, but still on parole, gives them a stake in the communities they're re-entering. They say it makes them less likely to re-offend. It has support from Governor Gavin Newsom.

Opponents argue these felons include violent criminals and they should finish paying their debt to society before voting. "Crime Victims United of California" opposes this prop.

There are currently 50,000 people on state parole.

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