California Proposition 36 And Its Impact On The Nation 's Most Diverse And Populous State

798 Words Mar 17th, 2015 4 Pages
Holding one of the world’s largest economies and being the nation’s most diverse and populous state, California has a political climate like no other. Furthermore, California’s active use of direct democracy devices has further exaggerated this already unique political environment. For example, initiatives have provided a means for citizens to and propose and adopt their own laws and constitutional amendments. In this way, initiatives can serve as in important tool in assessing public opinion regarding social, economic, and political, issues. In November of 2000, over 60 percent of California voters approved the Substance Abuse and Crime Prevention Act, a statute designed to aid non-violent drug offenders. Under Proposition 36, individuals convicted of non-violent drug offenses are offered probation and community-based treatment programs, in lieu of incarceration (“California Proposition 36”). Examples of such treatments include narcotic replacement therapy, individual and group therapy, habilitation day care, and addiction education. In terms of the specifications regarding eligibility and qualification for Proposition 36, the authors of the statue were quite clear. For example, Proposition 36 specifically defines a non-violent drug offense as one involving being under the influence of or possessing or transporting any of the drugs listed in the United States Controlled Substance Act (“California Proposition 36”). Common examples of these drugs include cocaine, heroin,…

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