California court: Juveniles can have crimes reclassified

Jul 23, 2015 8:19 PM by News Staff

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A California appeals court says juvenile offenders, just like their adult counterparts, are entitled to have certain felonies reclassified as misdemeanors under a crime initiative approved by voters last year.

Proposition 47 treats certain drug and property crimes as misdemeanors instead of felonies and allows people serving time for them to petition for lighter sentences or a reclassification of their crimes. The goal is to reduce jail and prison overcrowding and save money.

A division of the 4th District Court of Appeal said Thursday the reclassification of offenses under Proposition 47 applies to juveniles because they are judged by the same criminal code as adults.

The ruling came in a San Diego County case. A spokesman for the San Diego County District Attorney's office did not immediately have comment.

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