“I was kind of in disbelief when I was watching them talk about it,” said Jessica Chairez, a community fellow with the Pitzer Community Engagement Center and member of Claremont for Prop 57, after attending the Claremont City Council meeting on Oct 25, during which the Council unanimously adopted a resolution formally opposing Proposition 57.

Proposed by California Governor Jerry Brown and titled “the Public Safety and Rehabilitation Act of 2016,” Proposition 57 aims to change the state’s parole system by expanding parole and good behavior credits for “non-violent” offenders. It is viewed by supporters as an attempt to mitigate the overcrowding that riddles California prisons, while detractors have argued that it would lead to the early release of “dangerous criminals.” Read More